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Editor’s Note think that the winter season is a “low season” for boating, simply M any because it is much colder to be out. However, here in Queensland,

these cooler months have proven to be equally as good for boating as in any other time. The calm waterways and the clear blue skies make the times out on the water a very pleasant experience. Fishing also offers a lot of excitement. And with fewer boats out there, the waterways are less busy and more relaxing to navigate. Needless to say though, safety is always a matter of priority. So we should all be mindful of the weather conditions and of other waterways users, and adjust our boating behaviour appropriately. For example, some changes to the speed limits on Gold Coast waterways have been implemented so it is important to be aware of these. We are also at the height of the whale migration season – so if you are thinking of boating offshore, please be very careful. Respect the humpback whales and give way to them as they are on a very important life journey. If you are thinking of giving your boat a rest, then now is the time to show it some TLC. The pages in this edition are full of information about boat maintenance for the season. Aside from helpful tips, you will also find an array of businesses that you can consult for the services that you will require. Today’s boatyards and marinas are great destinations by themselves, and should be able to cater to all your boating needs, as well as for your personal enjoyment. It is essential to prevent any unnecessary hassle and expense by doing all the checks now and have the boats ready in time for the spring and summer boating adventures you are planning. The major boating events may be “done and dusted” for this year, but it looks like a busy winter and spring for the industry. The growing interest in boating is reflected in the boat purchases, orders and leads at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, as well as the increasing push to package the city and other parts of Queensland as a boating hub. The ongoing debates and discussions, as well as the continuing implementation of projects to improve boating and waterways infrastructure and amenities within the Gold Coast and greater Moreton Bay community, are all positive motivations to keep on collaborating for the local boating industry and community to flourish. As the industry strives to keep up with global standards, we all need to work together to maintain a safe environment for recreational boating, and to build our waterways region as a global and sustainable boating destination.


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love the reflections that can be captured when taking photos of the water. In the early morning, the images are very peaceful.

This photo of the “Royal Seachange Kayak club”, an informal group of resident kayakers, was taken at Emerald Lakes in Carrara. The challenge when capturing this photo was that I was standing on my outdoor decking, in my night attire, trying to catch the attention of all the kayakers so that I could take a group photo. They usually gather rather haphazardly, some head off in one direction or another, and others wait behind for the stragglers. I had to be bossy to try and get some order into the chaos. I was yelling out, trying to give instructions, but I was also aware that many of the neighbours would still be asleep as this was all happening before 6.30 in the morning. I use a Canon G16 for the sole reason that it is a compact camera with a viewfinder. This is very much just an up-market point-and-shoot camera, but suits me fine. It takes good photos, and is reasonably compact. I have long since given up lugging around large SLR cameras, and big lenses. I love my photographs and will always transfer from camera to computer as soon as I get home and sort into appropriate computer files for ease of retrieval. I pride myself on my ability to find photos quickly and easily and without having to go on a witch-hunt. About the Royal Seachange Kayak Club: Around 12 months ago, Damian Parker began to organise a group of kayakers to gather for a social paddle. Unofficially, they called themselves the Royal Seachange Kayak Club. Through word of mouth, and by locals observing from their lakeside decks how much enjoyment the founding members were having, the numbers grew. Participation varies from 8 to 24 kayakers at the regular twice-weekly event. The paddlers are men and women whose ages range from 65 years to the oldest, at 80. The mission is a meaningful social gathering full of fellowship and fitness, with the destination being the local coffee shop. Depending on how much gossip there is over coffee, the activity usually takes around two hours all up.


These gatherings have been particularly effective in enhancing the lifestyle of members of the village community by introducing them to a water sport of this kind for the very first time. Across the group, there is very little previous kayak experience. Most have learned to get in and out of kayaks by trial and error with the occasional unplanned swim. Depending on the person’s weight and their affordability, the boats are a collection of kayaks, canoes, and an occasional stand-up paddle board. Most of the ladies are very proficient and head the fleet with 14kg enclosed-style kayaks of various colours. The men in the club are very helpful in making sure that the ladies can launch and retrieve their kayaks. They also assist with manoeuvring, so the ladies can easily step ashore at the Emerald Lakes Village. However, there have been a few “dunkings” as the steps at Emerald Lakes are quite slimy and there are no railings for paddlers to grab hold of when trying to get out of their kayaks. Many of the group are over 70, so it would be nice in the future if the Council or local stakeholders could make the minor modifications required to ensure safety when using the area. Starting from the homes on the north end of the lake, the group usually paddle along the various branches of Emerald Lakes on the way. They dock at the French Quarter and are well looked after by Berg, of Kokko Maria Deli Café, who humorously calls the paddlers’ group, “the boat people”. There is a healthy ecosystem around the lakeside wetlands. Paddlers usually expect to see much wildlife, such as cormorants, occasional pelicans and many other lakeside birds. There is discussion to enhance the activity by including photography, and quite often, members collect floating pandanus leaves and other rubbish (including a large, dead barracuda on one excursion!). This fish had been quite a well-known feature in the Lake until its untimely demise. About the photographer: As a water-skier since she was 10 years old, Vernia has always liked being around the water. She is now taking life easy and living at Emerald Lakes Seachange, where many of the houses are built on the lake’s edge. Most of those houses have a large storage area underneath, which is suitable for storing kayaks. She and her husband are currently trialling various brands of kayaks to assess their suitability, so they can also join in the fun. JULY - SEPT 2018

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he recent Sanctuary Cove Boat Show gave many of us T the opportunity to get on board and inspect the boats that, unfortunately, many of us will never be able to afford. But it’s nice to dream…Right!

The purchase of a boat is most likely going to be one of the largest investments you will make in your lifetime. So, here are some things to consider which may help you when looking to buy that boat you have always wanted. Before deciding on which boat to buy, you really should consider such things as: What you want to use the boat for: fishing, wakeboarding, cruising, sailing, etc. If it’s a trailer boat, where are you going to store it, or can your vehicle legally tow it? If it’s going to be moored, where are you going to keep it and what are the costs? What will it cost to maintain, register and insure? The cost to regularly antifoul and service boats that are moored can come as a shock to those who haven’t done their homework.

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WINTER WONDERLAND w it h P a u l B u r t

hen the temperature drops, winter sets in and the cold westerlies calm the seas. We get ready for some of the best fishing to be had all year round and it kind of starts off like this.

3.30am and the alarm rings with a loud “get out of bed” style ring tone, the thermometer outside reads a brisk 7 degrees but you know when you’re out on the water cruising at 25 knots, the temperature will be much cooler than that. We quickly get the thermos full of hot coffee, put on as many clothes as possible and head off to the boat ramp, boat in tow. After an uneventful launch, we are soon powering out of the Seaway heading towards the 24fathom grounds northeast off North Stradbroke Island, which is approximately an hour’s run. The conditions are amazing with only light westerlies predicted and the first orange glow of dawn starting to creep up the horizon. A massive splash off the port side diverts our attention off being freezing cold, and we slow down to watch a whale breach and frolic in the calm water on its way up to Fraser Island’s Platypus Bay. We finally arrive at our destination only minutes before the sun bursts into view, and as the current is minimal, we decide to anchor on a very nice pinnacle that we found years prior. We are after snapper off this pinnacle, so the fishing gear we are using is very light – six-kilo braid on a Shimano Stradic 6000 matched with a 6-8kilo T-Curve



spin rod, along with a variety of medium weighted Shimano overheads. A mix of fresh squid and IQF pilchards set up to float line, which is when the sinker is free to run up and down the line to the eye of the hook, usually does the trick, and before long we start to pull in some fantastic snapper up to the seven-kilo mark. After taking what we need, we decide to try another mark that we had in the area, which previously had reaped us some monstrous mulloway and cobia.

It only took us an extra twenty minutes to get there, and by this time we are situated further north along what the old boys call the Drilling Track. We sounded around for a while before locating a good school of baitfish on the bottom and quickly lowered the anchor down to the pinnacle below. The sun was just starting to warm up and we sat back, had a cup of coffee, and watched mutton birds, terns and albatross take flight on their endless quest for food. There was hardly a ripple on the water’s surface, and in the distance whales could be seen splashing and blowing waterspouts. The first bait down was nailed and a nice 15-kilo mulloway or jewie was soon in the boat. It was not too long before the next bait was snavelled by a large cobia, and after half an hour, 18 kilos of prime eating fish was lying on the deck. A few minutes later, we were surprised to catch a quality pearl perch, which is a rarity this close on these grounds. With its mouth wide open and large black eye gazing upon us, it was brought to the surface before carefully being netted. These fish would have to be one of, if not the best, eating fish in

the ocean, with firm white flesh, which just melts in your mouth when cooked. With a decent pearly and with a great haul of snapper, silver jew and a cobia in the boat, the clock had not even reached ten o’clock and we were on our way home. All of our fish are in ice slurry in a very large ice box, and we will keep them there for a day to let the fish settle and the flesh ease back and relax. Doing this will increase the fish’s eating quality. Can you imagine what happens to the flesh after fighting the fish all the way to the surface, every muscle in the fish body is taut, and then you go straight home and eat it? The taste is there but the quality can be much higher especially if you leave it alone for a day. But make sure the ice slurry does not melt away or you will spoil all the fish in the esky. The next day the whole pearl perch was pulled out of the esky, gilled and gutted, stuffed with butter, lime wedges, capers and a mixture of herbs. Keeping these fish as natural as possible will make you appreciate the flavour and texture the fish has to offer. Wrapped in foil and placed on the hot BBQ for about twenty minutes on each side is all that is required to cook the fish. Served with beer or glass of white on the side, personally I don’t think you could get any better! The Cathedrals or Drilling Track lies along the outside edge of North Stradbroke Island. It is a fair distance to travel and when the westerly winds blow, the run-up can be enjoyable, but cold. If the wind swings onshore, the ride home can be hard and back jarring, but if you have a fair catch on board, it’s definitely worth the effort.

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SNAPPER & JEW Well known to Redlands Bay area locals, MATTY SAVAS is a fishing enthusiast who lives, breathes and eats fishing, and encourages fishos to keep livin’ the dream!


ishing in the Southern Bay and Northern Gold Coast is a favourite. While I’m mainly focused on catch-and-release sports fishing, I also regularly take home a fresh feed of fish for the family. My wife and three young boys not only enjoy eating fish, they also love to fish. I am sharing my experiences in catching snapper and jew in Southern Moreton Bay.

Gobblers Jerk Shad in the colour southern sky

Gobblers Diablo with curl tail



During the cooler months, the snapper are definitely on the increase with some nice size fish hauled in over the sides of boats. Sometime ago, I had a quick but productive flick. I sounded around the northern end of Maclaey Island and found a patch of snapper. I use an 8lb line with 12lb to 15lb leader. To this, I select a jig head weight to suit the depths and currents. On that particular day, we were in six metres of water and I was using a ¼oz jig head. At the second cast, I was onto a solid fish. I was busy setting up the Go-Pro with the rod in the holder when line started screaming off the reel. Lucky, my mate Beau was on board to film it, as I hadn’t quite finished setting up the Go-Pro. I had a Gobblers 3.75-inch jerk shad in the colour southern sky on my line. This colour works well in overcast conditions. I find the jerk shad tends to attract the bigger fish – but in saying that, I do catch a lot of quality fish on the curl tails as well. The next drift, I hooked another solid fish that was “taken by the taxman”, aka bull shark, right beside the boat, so we left the area. I also troll hardbodies for snapper and the ones that work for me is the Zerek Ripper Divers in 5 metre, colour 10. For the bait fisho, you can’t go past fresh prawns. Diver whiting is definitely also a “go-to” bait for snapper.

There are some nice pockets of jewfish around the Southern Bay. I have found them on ledges, wrecks, holes and on the rubbly bottoms. These fish fight hard on light tackle. They don’t get their name “silver ghost” for nothing, as these fish can be very elusive at times. I have come across good schools of jew, but on occasions they have lockjaw. I guess “that’s fishing”! But when you can get them to play the game, it is awesome!

Tip: When sounding around in the shallow water, avoid driving over the fish too much, or at all, if you can help it, as this can spook the fish. Once you find a school, spot lock with your electric motor or drift. 20

I went out fishing with mates, Adam and Lauren, on the maiden voyage of their new Angler Pro boat, which is fitted with all the bells and whistles. I had been out a week earlier at a spot with a wreck on my own when I found a small school of jew, so I was hopeful the fish were still there. We arrived at the same spot to find a large bait ball with some large marks around it. We deployed the electric motor and hit spot lock. I looked at the water colour and thought Gobblers Diablo in the 3in curl tail is the go. I dropped down and got bumped straight away, but it had pulled the curl tail half off. As I announced that I had just had a hit on this lure, everyone changed to the same lure. Adam’s plastic had barely hit the bottom when the line started screaming off his reel. This wasn’t stopping in a hurry, so we pursued it with the electric motor. We chased this fish for 10 to 15 minutes, once again using an 8lb line. A slob of a jew came up beside the boat to some excitement from Lauren, who was filming. I asked, “Where is the net?” and I

was handed a net that would have struggled to fit a whiting let alone a jew! It obviously wouldn’t do, so I grabbed my lip grips and led the fish around. This fish was 105cm long and was an epic capture on light line. If you want to try and catch jew on bait, livies are the go. I usually catch pike for live bait, but once, all I got was a slimy grinner, so I decided to give that a go. From using this slimy grinner for bait, I ended up pulling in my personal best jew of 137cm on 20lb mono, on a bait runner reel. These reels allow you to let the fish run, which I find is a must. What I have noticed is that after it runs for a while, the rod has a few distinct bumps. This, I believe, is the jew swallowing the bait. Then it’s time to set the hooks. The rig I use is a snell rig with Gamakatsu hooks with a size 4/0 hook at the front and an 8/0 hook at the back on 30-40lb leader line. Tip: Fish as light as possible, as you will get far more hits plus the bonus of having a lot of fun angling the fish. Mat t y is happy to answer your ques tions by contacting him on his Facebook page or checking out his website, a valuable local fishing resource. Boat Gold Coast magazine welcomes Matty as a contributing writer. JULY - SEPT 2018




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old Coast Boating Centre worked closely with Formosa Marine to develop and design the new Sea-Rod 7.4m hard top half cabin with a lockable roller door. Launched at the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, it is the first of its kind and offers many unique innovations. Scott Mahon, dealer principal of Gold Coast Boating Centre said, “The amount of interest in the Formosa 740 was endorsement that this is going to be one of our most popular models. We signed several orders at the show, and more during the following weeks.” The new 740 enclosed is ideal for offshore fishing and offers great protection from the elements with your family on board. Scott pointed out, “The 20-degree deadrise hull design with raised sheer and chine line, has been carefully engineered to ensure a balance of performance, speed, stability, handling, fuel economy, and comfort. This provides optimal performance in varying water conditions. With a 300L fuel tank, you can certainly go places on those long offshore trips.” The Formosa Sea-Rod boats are built to endure the harsh Australian environment. The company are very conscious to keep the boats affordable. The list of standard features and options on the 740 that Scott notes, are impressive. “There are comforts such as a toilet, stove, full cabin berth, and outriggers. Other standard features include heavy-duty dive ladder, kill tank, well-designed bait board, 32mm handrails, and a 60lt fresh deck wash. These features and more truly present a strong robust vessel that ticks all the boxes. There is even provision to fit a sink and refrigerator, if required.” Formosa Marine is known for the quality of build, safety and performance. The Sea-Rod brand has been developed to meet customer demand with unique 4-chamber water ballast, deep-sided, wide beam hull, giving extra stability at rest. “It boasts 5mm bottom sheets and 4mm sides, and a self-draining deck with one way scuppers. The massive deck space aft creates additional space underfloor for auxiliary water or another fuel tank,” said Scott. The 740 is fitted with the SeaStar Hydraulic Steering System, to ensure easy handling of the outboard and provide that extra margin of muscle when needed to perform at maximum capacity. “If you want the absolute best ride possible, consider ordering the optional state-of-the-art trim system. These boats can be fitted with the fully automatic Zipwake Trim Control System. During our sea trial, the system significantly enhanced the boat’s performance, fuel economy, comfort and stability. This outstanding feature alone attracted a lot of interest at the show,” Scott explained. The boat can be easily deployed solo, and retrieved at the boat ramp utilising the unique Tow-Catch™, a hook-and-eye design welded to the keel, and is a standard feature giving you the option to install a quick release boat catch onto a suitable trailer. Confirming this boat’s muscle, Scott stated, “The standard, boat-motortrailer package deal combines a powerful Yamaha 300HP 24 valve DOHC V6 4 stroke motor fitted with stainless steel prop. During our sea trials, the boat reached speeds of almost 80km/h. The digital gauge fuel management system with flyby-wire optical controls indicated a cruising fuel consumption of 1.55 km-per-litre at 3000rpm, with two crew on board. Overall, this boat was most impressive and performed beyond expectations.” Gold Coast Boating Centre is Formosa’s Dealer of the Year for 2017 and is an authorised Yamaha service centre. For more information call (07) 5576 7388.


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Max Davis with a good size snapper

AT THE PUB By Lowen Taylor


ere’s the scene: It’s Friday afternoon at the local pub. Happy hour schooners are flowing as freely as the stories of the week’s adventures. A congregation of seasoned fishermen, telling tales of the trips they have recently taken, have acquired most of the elbowroom at the bar. An outburst of raucous laughter and cheering sings through the rafters as one tells of the massive catch he brought home that day. “You’ve got to be kidding me!” scoffs one patron, shaking his head in disbelief. “I kid you not my friend, it was this big!” replies the storyteller. Now, not so long ago, this story would have continued with the fisherman opening his arms wide, hands flattened to emulate an invisible yet highly precise measuring devise. It would then be up to the listener as to whether or not they would choose to believe the smiling storyteller, a smug grin spreading across his well-sunned face. But not today. Today the storyteller whips out his phone, and proves in seconds the gloriousness of his latest catch – a 10.25kg snapper that would easily satisfy a large, hungry family, and still have lunchtime leftovers. Today, through technology, we are instantly accountable for both our wins and our losses. The introduction of mobile phones and having technology at our fingertips have been a game changer within the local boating community. Or has it? Has it really changed things that much? In terms of GPS tracking, Google Earth mapping availability, and being able to research conditions in an instant, then the answer is yes, it has. But has it changed where we source the most valuable information? I caught up with three Gold Coast locals to talk fishing, bait and beers at the place where all honest fishing talk takes place – the local pub. For more than 40 years, Ray, John and Max have on a weekly basis, been up before the sparrows, making a beeline for the seaway to head roughly 30km off shore, away from the Gold Coast hustle and into the glorious big blue. For about


40 years also, these three avid fishermen have been rounding out their days on the water with a few amber ales at the local pub. This is where the day’s accounts are retold, bragging rights are fulfilled, and the banter is aplenty. If you are looking for genuine information, these are people you want to talk to, and this is place to do it. “If you're a stranger in town, if you talk to the right people, you can learn a lot in the pub.” This is followed by some sheepish laughter. “Some can send you in the wrong direction. And yes, some fishermen do keep closely guarded secrets, Spot X, and what not. But generally, you can get a lot of local knowledge at the pub.” Essentially, if you have a keen interest and are respectful, the locals are happy to share some great tips with you. This information being much more thorough and precise than anything you can find online. In fact, Ray was adamant that you should never trust the fishing reports – ever. When I asked them if they had ever gone online to research fishing spots or to source any new information, I was met with blank faces, before being told, “I haven't got a line to go on!” It became apparent that the only lines we would be talking about were fishing lines.

John Berge caught whiting in Nerang River using wriggler worms pumped from the river bed. Caught with a small sinker with size 4 baitholder on a 1 metre light leader.

new every time you go out. Well, you should,” giving a definitive nod. All the electronics in the world will still not help you actually catch the fish. It all comes down to experience, to dedicating the time, and to be continuously learning. The camaraderie between these three is wonderful, and I quickly realise that this is far from a rare occurrence within the fishing community. “If we go somewhere new on a fishing trip, the first thing we do is find the right pub. Then, we find the right people to talk to.” You can have all the fandangle equipment money can buy, but if you don’t have the insider’s tip, you won’t be claiming your target. Whether it’s where to fish, when to fish, or where to find the freshest live bait, you can count on the locals in the pub to offer the most valuable information you need. Information aside, the pub is the place to trade stories, to reminisce, to laugh, and to relax and unwind. Week in, week out, there’s a very good chance you pass time with mates that you may only see in the pub and on the water. It’s the place of catch-ups, learning, and straight-up living.

Admittedly, one might use GPS and some electronics to find where the fish may be plentiful, but it still comes down to local knowledge. Even after 40 odd years, these guys are still finding new spots, new goldmine areas within areas they have known about for years. As Ray puts it, “You’ll learn something JULY - SEPT 2018


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hile the Scariff name is new to the boat industry, the people behind it are no strangers to boats or to manufacturing and after-sales service. With a long business history across a number of industries, they know what it takes to deliver a reliable, competitively priced product that the market wants, and support it with after-sales service that provides boat owners with confidence in their supplier. Whether your interest is in dropping a line in your local river, heading out to sea to chase the bigger fish, island hopping with friends or just relaxing on the water with family or friends, there is a Scariff to suit your purpose. A Scariff isn’t just a boat, it’s a new friend that helps to build your pathway to enjoying all that the water has to offer.


DINGHIES, CABIN CRUISERS, PONTOON BOATS The Scariff range of boats starts at a 3.9m dinghy and works its way up to a 7.5m open water boat with a choice of centre or cuddy cabin. Scariff also builds a range of pontoon boats for those who enjoy the company of friends and family on sheltered waters.

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Whatever your budget and lifestyle, Scariff has a boat to suit, however you decide to spend your leisure time on the water. Scariff represents value for money, with a broad range of standard features complemented by options that tailor your boat to the activities you want when you go boating.

In most instances, Scariff can process your credit application within an hour. As an approved dealer with Queensland Transport, they can also process Queensland trailer registrations so that you can drive away with your new pride and joy and begin your water adventures together.


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fter concentrating on dominating the day-boating scene over the last few years, Bayliner have released a series of overnight cuddies and sports cruiser. The first in Australia and the largest of the cuddy series has arrived. The 842 on showcase at C Worthy Marine on the Gold Coast. At first, you notice the sleekness of the boat with a large iconic cabin length tinted window that brings natural light into the cabin. The cockpit is all about entertaining - with flexible seat positioning - complete with a sink, cooktop, fridge and lots of well-positioned beverage holders. There is a wide double helm seat with reversible backrest, a chaise for the spotter when doing watersports, or a place for sunning. A handy staircase molded into the cabin door allows access to the fore deck where you can relax on the large sun pads with built in pop up headrests - ready for you to cast off and unwind. The large L-shaped seating fits the entire family and with a walk-through from the cockpit for easy access to the swim platform. It has many dedicated storage compartments, including a large storage locker on the transom. The aft bench back rest converts down into a sunpad or flips forward to create a rear-facing bench seat.

Powered by the new Mercruiser 6.2L 300HP, with a Bravo 3 duo prop stern drive swinging 24inch pitch stainless steel propellers, this boat has a top wide open throttle speed of 38 knots and a very comfortable, quiet and economical cruising speed of 24-26 knots. With the maintenance cost of having one engine but the luxury of a bow thruster, this boat is very easy to manoeuvre and moor, even for the inexperienced boatie. C Worthy Marine have optioned up this 842 with a fibreglass targer, bow thruster, stereo system, extendable teak table, full bow sunpad, electronic controls to perfectly suit our local Moreton Bay and Gold Coast waterways. If you are in the market for a sports cruiser, this is a must-see new model. Come and visit our showroom with a full Bayliner range starting from 16ft. Located in the Coomera Marine Precinct, at the Boat Works Marina or call (07) 55 800 905 for any further information.

The boatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elevated helm station allows for a unique mid-cabin berth below, in addition to the forward cabin berth, allowing the 842 to sleep a total of four people comfortably. The generous freeboard height forward not only assists in shielding water in choppy conditions, it also provides more headroom, which means most people can sit upright in the mid cabin berth. Natural light is in abundance thanks to twin deck skylights, and the large tinted window on each hull side. There is also a stand-up head with vacuum flush toilet and hot water shower adding even more to its liveability.



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Millennials are more than a catch-phrase. They are the future leaders and top consumers of our dynamic world. Although they are not yet the big market for boating, their potential to be THE market in the next few years is huge. SOPHIA SORENSEN, a fullfledged millennial, tells us a few opportunities to consider for now.


ure, sailing a yacht into the sunset sounds like a dream. However, it also sounds like a dream only few can afford; and millennials (also known as Generation Y) are certainly not considered to be the typical “affordee”. Generally, most millennials fall anywhere between those born in the early 1980’s, all the way to the mid to late 1990’s. Setting us apart from neighbouring generations, millennials are adventurous, with more than twice of us willing to “encounter danger in pursuit of excitement”. Alongside this, we are a ‘want this now’ generation. We are impatient, and don’t see time as something worth wasting. Our attention span has lowered significantly in comparison to previous generations, with the standard attention span only lasting eight seconds. We seek instant gratification, and expect answers, results and events to occur instantaneously. In saying all of this, it is no surprise that boating for millennials is far different to any other generation. Do millennials have the time, the funds, and the need for boating?

The circumstances where millennials enjoy boating have changed. They tend to incorporate boating in their travels and other adventures, or to celebrate special occasions, but not always deliberately engaging in boating by itself. Niamh Sullivan says that she enjoys boat trips while overseas and travelling, as she finds it is a great way to see a new destination. “I travelled to Thailand last year and made sure to do a few island hopping boat trips. They are always so fun and a great way to see a place! I also have been to a few birthday cruises here and there, which are always a great way to celebrate.” John Henwood finds that he is out enjoying the boating atmosphere either during spring and summertime when his family and friends go water skiing, or when he is travelling overseas. “Last year we did ‘Go Boating’ in Copenhagen Harbour. It was so much fun! We millennials are very busy people and enjoy spending our money on other 34

things. Although I can’t see myself buying a boat, they will always be great fun when travelling and for special occasions.”

There has been a shift from the frequency and occasion we enjoy on a boat. What once would be perhaps a weekly activity has become something less frequent yet with a higher value. I find that the boating culture has not died in this generation, but rather simply shifted to a different focus. The truth is, the rates of people enjoying marine life and boating has not dropped; but the purchase rate of boats has. Niamh believes that the drop in boat purchases for millennials is due to the added technological demands, which work, university, and other hobbies require in comparison to previous generations. “To keep up with university studies, I need a high quality laptop and a compatible phone at the very least. Costs all add up very quickly. By the time we pay for these, we don’t have much to spend on hobbies. Instead, we utilise our devices in place of our hobbies.” She isn’t wrong. Although millennials are among the most educated of generations, we are falling behind with astronomically large debts, and are not necessarily reaping the same financial rewards as other generations did. Due to the financial stresses experienced by millennials, it is unsurprising that we are not buying boats. John admits that he cannot see himself buying a boat. “A lot of maintenance costs can be involved in boating. I have seen this first-hand with my family’s ski boat. However, if I were to change my mind and look at buying one, I don’t think it would be until I was around my mid 30s.” Niamh and John share the same sentiment with most of the millennials. But there are young people out there who are committed to boating, and are focused on buying their own boat. Sidney Cirello has grown up on the water, going out at least every two weeks. She would love to own at least her own tinny by the time she is 25. She believes most millennials are losing interest in purchasing their own boat due to common behaviours and habits. “We are a generation who want more travel and less responsibility. It’s far easier to hire a boat for a day in comparison to owning one, especially since the majority of people would only use it on special occasions.” So if millennials are not yet buying, what are other opportunities for them to engage in boating? In other words, how can they be influenced into purchasing a boat in the future? Unsurprisingly, if one was not raised in a boating environment, it is highly unlikely for a boat purchase to be on their cards. To adapt to the modern needs of the future boating generation, new criteria should be met.

Honing in on what is the most desirable experience for the young generation -- stress relief, parties, or adventures, among others – is a good start. Unlike previous generations, we are more interested in knowing what value the boat can provide to our lives and what it can do for us, rather than the boat’s physical features. For a start, something small, relatively inexpensive and thrill-seeking are most likely to be on the millennial checklist for their first-boat purchase. Tinnies are still among the more popular. It is important to focus on the lifestyle that the boat will provide – the relaxation, the adventure, and the ease of use. For hiring, a party/pontoon boat, or something to host events and special occasions are more attractive. There are a few ways to jump the hurdle and reach millennials. Traditional selling platforms, such as boat shows for example, need to evolve into something more engaging for us and our friends. Setting up a “party” atmosphere will be a good marketing strategy for a start. Free boat rides and hands-on experiences, are examples of tactics for boat shows to get us literally boating. Millennials also need things at their fingertips – and fast. This is where digital technology comes in. It is important to incorporate more digital features in the boat, so that it is tech-savvy and appealing to millennials. Features like Bluetooth, waterproof speakers, compatible smart watches, and even smart TVs are features millennials will look for. Easy, instant, “connected” and fun are key. Social media is a useful tool to reaching the younger demographic for selling, leasing and hiring. Sidney believes that social media is an effective way to target millennials and spark their interest in the field of boating. “Using ads on websites and social media sites like Facebook, alongside more traditional media such as magazines and television ads, would be a good way to hook into our generation. A strong website and social media presence are probably most important. Almost every millennial I know will JULY - SEPT 2018

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FUTURE RECREATIONAL BOATERS hear about something through word-of-mouth, on social media or the internet, and the next step we take is to check out the seller’s website or the brand’s social media accounts.” Since the average attention span of a millennial is the lowest among all generations, it is important to present the features that are most relevant them. The most important points should be shown clearly within the first eight seconds, as after this time, most millennials “switch off”. Having said that, even if we are a digital generation, it does not mean that we are off-limits to the traditional forms of media. Print, television, radio and cinema are less busy and have the power to catch our attention – if they do it right. A powerful campaign in a traditional form that captures our imagination in an instant (less than eight seconds, that is) has the potential to be more effective than a barrage of generic ads that look the same on social media.

John and Sidney both brought up how servicing fees, licenses, and all added extra costs tend to add up to a large expense, based on their experiences. This is why they would prefer to hire a boat on special occasions rather than owning one at this stage. Leasing packages, which incorporate and forecast the costs of repairs, maintenance and registration, could be an option. Developing attractive financing options and structures (such as a sharing economy setup) that consider the millennials’ other spending priorities is something worth working on. If the costs and expenses, and the benefits are made clear and transparent, then boating will become an attractive investment for us. We, the millennials, have 101 things to do, and are typically lacking the funds to do all of them. The purchase of a boat for leisure is not really at the forefront of most of our minds – not yet

anyway. However, investing in us now will also reap benefits for our offspring. Selling the boating lifestyle to the Generations Y and Z is very effective in building the foundations of boating for Generation Alpha. Now that’s forward thinking! The boating experiences are evolving for every generation. The appeal of boating is still definitely strong. Millennials are just looking for less commitment, lower costs, and more occasional boat experiences. Leasing and renting, and the sharing economy are looking very attractive for the future. Tapping into the millennial mindset means diverting and diversifying strategies to adapt to the future generations’ wants and needs. It is said that the future of boating is looking grim, but I dare say that the landscape – or “seascape” – is simply changing.


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This is a great flexible means of getting into luxury boat ownership. Ongoing running costs are all inclusive at $1000 p/m a complete walk-on walk-off service includes cleaning, servicing and maintenance, and dockside concierge. Vessel training and ongoing support are supplied for beginners to yachting. About Fairline 48GT - Mediterranean spirit, generous social areas and large windows are features of the latest model from Fairline. The specific vessel is a three-cabin layout with the galley positioned up in the saloon for easy access to the aft deck for those who are all about entertaining. The midship master cabin is sumptuous and quiet; the forward accommodation is flexible with the ability to act as a double or scissor out to two singles; and, the third cabin is in the form of single bunks. The high gloss walnut accented by the European high-end fabric ties together this truly luxurious package suited to the harsh Australian climate. The hydraulic swim platform makes tender operations a breeze. Being a sport yacht at heart, the 48GT swiftly gets to the 32-knot top-end speed. With the electric hard tops, it creates the ultimate “wind in the hair” open-air experience.

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more damage," stated Sven. "(Naval architect) Andy Dovell and I were blown

away at the minimal hull damage, which is testament to the quality of

engineering and build."

Bumblebee 5 has been under the care and expertise of of onsite Shipwright and rigging specialist Everything Marine Australia to complete the repairs and refit works. "The work list included repairs to areas damaged on the topsides during the grounding, repairs to the existing lead bulb which was badly damaged, being the only part of the yacht to hit a rock on the beach, full re-fair and repaint to the topsides, repairs internal damage, repairs to the steering system, new rudder, repairs to damaged deck fittings, stanchions, stern and bow rails," said lain Smith, adding that a new keel, currently in fabrication in New Zealand will arrive in Sydney in early June. Marine Mechanical Services at The Boat Works has supplied and fitted a brand

new Yanmar Engine and Electric Systems in Sydney will replace all the damaged electric and electronics when Bumblebee V arrive in Sydney by truck in June.

The next step, also scheduled for early June, will entail sending the yacht via truck to Sydney to have her new keel and rudder installed and fin put on the bulb. lain Smith will be in charge of installing the new mast, rudder and keel, after which he will sea trial the reincarnated Bumblebee 5 and make sure she's ready to roll! "It feels good to resurrect her again!" said lain. "The job went smoothly and for a boat that's nearly 20 years old, she's in bloody good nick." Along with pride in workmanship, lain and his team derive pride from

delivering a job on time, to schedule and to budget.

As to whether or not Bumblebee 5 will race again, lain won't speak for the owner, but said "It was on its way to race, so you never know".

"These boats are built to be used and have to be maintained. It is great to

see her in tip top condition once more and know that she has many good years ahead.

A legendary racing yacht and an example of Australian maritime history too

valuable to sink into ignominy, Bumblebee 5 has been expertly repaired onsite

at the Boatyard and will soon return to water, in a process that has taken her full circle back to the hands of those who originally crafted her.

The 60ft racing yacht, Bumblebee 5 was designed by lain Murray and among her many racing victories is the 2001 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race under the ownership of John Kahlbetser. En route from Sydney to compete in Hamilton Island Race Week in August 2017, Bumblebee 5 ran aground on Kings Beach, near Ballina. All crew arrived to shore safely and uninjured, and Bumblebee V was eventually washed up onto the beach amid a profusion of expanded polystyrene bean bag filling probably the most environmentally hazardous aspect of the entire operation. Thanks to her carbon fibre hull, which was expertly built by Sydney Yachts

in Nowra, the yacht was structurally sound, but required salvaging and a full professional assessment to determine the extent of her damage.

"Not too many boats get washed up on the beach and live to fight another day. Bumblebee 5 has proven herself many times over. Whether she races properly again or just does Twilights and day sailing, it does not matter, as long as somebody is getting pleasure out of it."

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Sven Runow, a veteran of Wild Oats XI and a seasoned insurance assessor, was

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"I arrived just as the salvage company was deciding whether to break it up or cut it up to remove it," said Sven. "Bumblebee 5 is unique. She was designed and built from scratch in Australia

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by an Aussie legend and his team. She certainly deserved to be salvaged and repaired," he continued.

"It wasn't catastrophic damage and every winner by handicap should be considered significant and worthy of preservation as part of our maritime history. The year Bumblebee 5 won the Sydney Hobart, she was leading the Race on handicap at every radio schedule, which is an achievement in itself." The yacht was cleaned inside and out. "I was impressed that there wasn't

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Winter Work by Shane Subichin

Winter is a good time of year to do service work, lift your boat, and undertake anti-fouling, detailing and servicing. horter, cooler days over the off-season make S winter the ideal time to invest in maintenance and service of your boat. Of course, avid boaties

you’re not going out as frequently, your battery voltage needs to be looked at. Then there are the manual float switches, which can be affected by rainwater or saltwater. They need to be operational so there’s no risk of your boat sinking.”

Fortunately, on the Gold Coast, we don’t have to literally ‘winterise’ our vessels like in the northern hemisphere – which can consist of entirely draining your boat of water and replacing it with anti-freeze!

John recommends regular checks of life jackets and rafts. “You can remove them from your boat if you’re not using it, and keep them in the shelter of your garage for the winter. As long as you remember to put them back in your boat next time you plan to go out.”

will still use their boats throughout winter, but perhaps less frequently and for shorter jaunts than during the long, hot summer holidays.

At The Boat Works, Coomera, the skilled trades onsite attend to the full spectrum of vessels, from tenders to commercial superyachts, and the various sail and power, mono and multihulls, and everything else in between. Seatech Marine, the one-stop for engine, drive, genset and anti-fouling needs, handles a lot of boats at this time of year, preparing them for storage, or active use during winter, which ironically, can be more pleasant for boating as conditions are less windy. “During the colder months, there’s less chance of the big southerlies and storms, which we are all familiar with in summer,” said John Miller, service manager at Seatech Marine. “The weather is actually better for boating, despite being less inviting for swimming or watersports.” “It’s a good time of year to focus on the safety aspect of your boat,” continued John. “Because


For the never-ending battle against moisture and mildew, John says placing a damp kit from the hardware or chandlery in the cabins will do the trick. “The moisture crystals absorb the damp and prevent the musty smell and mildew below decks.” When it comes to your boat engine, running it once a month is a good way to keep components lubricated and operating as normal. “Better still, take your boat for a run on a Saturday afternoon while it’s still light, and throw in a line, and bring home dinner!" Winter is a good time of year to do service work, lift your boat, and undertake anti-fouling, detailing and servicing if you’re not using it, so you’re prepared well in time for summer. Many boats actually come into their element in the winter, chasing the sun north for a sojourn in the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef, with

"Our website provides you with free DIY checklists to ensure your boat is in shipshape". Shane Subichin, General Manager, The Boat Works.

their exciting calendar of events, regattas and islands to explore. “In these cases, it’s even more imperative to get your work done thoroughly,” warned John. “There’s a lot you can do yourself, such as checking batteries and running your engine, but when it comes to the servicing side of things and maintenance, leave it to the trained professionals. We know what to look for and understand the entire boat and how it functions, as well as the different facets of what can fail. Plus, it can affect your warranties if you don’t follow the guidelines and use a certified repairer.” Rod Twitchin, director at RTM, is an AMSA accredited marine surveyor, Master 5, engineer and qualified mechanic. Rod is the sole Marine Surveyor at The Boat Works. With more than 25

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years in the industry, Rod has compiled a general maintenance checklist to make your vessel preparation more manageable ahead of peak boating season to ensure safety, security and fun for your family. “The RTM Checklist is a comprehensive guide to aspects of your boat that need attention in the lead-up to spring and summer boating,” said Rod. “Maintenance is vital for your safety and looking after your investment. There would be nothing worse than quibbling over saving a couple of hundred dollars on service or a replacement part, when you’re out there and find yourself in trouble. Prevention is always better than a cure, and certainly less costly.”

If over winter you intend to store or leave your boat moored and unused for a few weeks, Michael advises owners to undertake the prestart check, as outlined in their owner’s manual, which includes lifting up the hatch, making sure the battery is charged, checking fluids, coolants, power steering trim, engine oil, gear oil, looking for any leaks or corrosion, and several other crucial points. “But if they’re at all unsure, we can go and do the thorough checklist on their boat,” said Michael. Also located within The Boat Works is a full range of upholstery, trimming and accessories specialists.

Included on the RTM Checklist are several measures boat owners can take themselves, such as checking the dates of the most recent and next service for all machinery; ensuring all reservoirs are full to the correct level; checking water pumps, alternator belts and guards for wear, and ensure all belt guards are installed and tight; inspecting all machinery areas for any possible leaks and good condition of all associated parts; and inspecting all componentry and hull for any evidence of corrosion.

Michelangelo Melfi runs Melfi Designs, with 38 years’ experience in custom-designing and crafting furniture. In addition to complex custom work for films through Warner Bros, Melfi applies his skills to the marine segment, creating helm chairs, interiors, lounges, cushions, clears and carpets for all kinds of vessels. “If people have time off their boat over winter, their thoughts turn to maintenance in the spring, which can mean trying to book in your project at an incredibly hectic time,” said Michelangelo.

Michael Waugh, dealer principal at Boat Service Gold Coast, leads a team of marine mechanics who service, repair and repower engines, as certified specialists on Mercruiser stern drive engines and Mercury outboards. “We remind our existing customers of their annual services, and we can organise an anti-foul or polish, and any other maintenance they require at the same time.”

“We recommend people get in earlier and get the work done over winter. By the time October comes, it’s frantic all the way to Christmas. It’s better to book way in advance, which requires planning and speaking with the experts. Don’t rush it and get caught out. Speak to the experts and get a plan of your priorities in place.”

Stephen Kopp at Bayline Marine Covers is the expert on canopies, covers, clears and interior refurbishment, including soft coverings and furnishings. A new tenant at The Boat Works, Bayline Marine Covers handles interiors for Maritimo and has a workshop just around the corner. “We find summer is extremely busy with refurbs and refits, getting ready for Christmas,” said Stephen. “Winter really is the best time to get your boats out of the water to take care of maintenance. Various things arise over summer that need replacing or repairing – the things that may come to light when you’re entertaining onboard, like biminis and clears.” Echoing the advice of fellow marine specialists, Stephen recommends boat owners use the cooler months to prepare for summer. “Don’t wait until the rush hour; get in now. Start your plan and think about what might need doing, because the months fly by, and October will sneak up on you!” Whether your boat goes into storage or in for a spell of maintenance, there is so much to enjoy about winter on the Gold Coast. Some suggestions for day trips and weekends on water include a run to Tangalooma on beautiful Moreton Island. Closer to home, Sanctuary Cove, with its thriving Marine Village restaurants, boutiques and assorted retailers, Marina Mirage, or Couran Cove on South Stradbroke Island, which offers a new set of berthing rates and marina memberships with benefits for boats and jet skis, making it well worth a day trip or overnight stay. More at




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h en buying a boat, it is important to do your research before you arrive at a dealership. Ask yourself these questions: What features would you like on your boat? What do you want to do with the boat? Do you want a centre console or a cabin? Will it need to be in survey? Where will you keep the boat when not in use? People often buy a boat for the wrong purpose. If you want a fisher, then buy a sportfisher boat. If you want to just cruise around, then buy a cruiser. If you are going to use the boat for watersports, like skiing, then buy a ski boat. Do not be put off by a big size boat, as I have found that after a little while you will get used to the large size boat and wish you bought an even bigger boat.



The boats I build are fishing boats, so I get great satisfaction to build a vessel then take it fishing. To be passionate about your occupation is a great motivation to strive for perfection. When conceptualising my ideal boat, my considerations are: long range fuel for extended trips; saltwater wash down to get rid of the fish blood; fresh water to shower or wash down my equipment when needed, and also, if for some reason you become stranded, to use it as drinking water until you sort out any problems; storage facilities for the killed fish or an area for fish storage bags; sounder and transducer setup; a boat that could either live in water or be easily trailerable; toilet for the ladies and for us in extended trips. We put all these ideas into our boats and offer the buyers the options so they have input into what they want on their ideal boat.

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VMAX24 The VMAX24 is built on the Gold Coast, so it is very rewarding to see these tough-looking boats cruising around, catching all the big fish. The easy to handle VMAX24 can go out where the big charter boats and game boats go, and catch the same fish species. I have been out on these 24â&#x20AC;&#x2122; boats to the Continental Shelf chasing big blue marlin and big yellow fin tuna. My personal boat is fitted with 2 x 300hp outboards, so I tend to get out to where I want to go pretty quick. I have also installed outriggers, and each of our boats has underfloor storage bins to keep the caught fish fresh with slurry. Our 24â&#x20AC;&#x2122; can also be trailered by one person. I regularly go out fishing on one of these by myself. This model is the only centre console available in Australia built to 2C survey standard.

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BOAT TRAILER MAINTENANCE EXTENDS LIFE There are many boaties who tow their boats on a trailer, finding the best spots around the city, or in other states, to launch. So maintaining trailers should not be taken for granted. Trailer boat expert, MARCUS GARDNER of Swiftco Trailers, shares important information about boat trailers. In many ways, the trailer plays a more vital role than the boat itself. Imagine not having a functioning trailer; you obviously will not be able to transport your boat to the water. And more importantly, a faulty trailer during transport can endanger you and your family, and the others around you. So, trailer maintenance and regular inspection are imperative. BUYING A REPLACEMENT When purchasing a replacement trailer, ensure you have the boat adjusted to your trailer. Replacement trailers are universally suitable and as such can be custom fit to accommodate your boat. The following are important things to check before driving off with the replacement trailer. Keel rollers and wobble rollers - The two main adjustments are the keel rollers and the wobble rollers. The keel rollers are adjustable in the vertical plane (up and down) to suit the keel shape of your boat. The strongest part of the boat is the keel and the keel rollers are designed to take 85 to 90 percent of the boat weight. The wobble rollers have two adjustments. They can move vertically and horizontally. Wobble rollers serve two purposes: to keep the boat stable and sitting upright on the trailer, and to guide your boat on and off the trailer.

Tighten the strap to anchor the rear of the boat. There is a safety chain under the winch. This needs to be attached to the front of the boat. It should be noted that the winch is only there to retrieve the boat, not to anchor the boat to the trailer. Finally, check tyre pressure and inflate to the correct pressure, usually around 45 to 55 PSI, depending on the weight of the boat-trailer combination.

allow a small amount of water to seep in through the rear seal of the hub, causing damage to the bearings when driving down the road. Therefore, pumping grease into the hot hub prior to entering the water will cool down the hub, and pack the hub with solid grease, eliminating any possibility of water entering the hub.

INITIAL TRAILER CHECKING Below are items that require checking and adjusting as required in the first 10 to 100 kilometres of using the trailer. 1. Check and adjust the wheel bearings and repack through the bearing buddie grease nipple. 2. Check and adjust brake cable, as this can stretch during this period. 3. Grease the grease nipple on the two-tonne tow hitch. 4. Check tyre pressure and inflate as required. WASHING THE TRAILER Preserving galvanized zinc coating. The environment in which the trailer is used, stored and maintained determines the level of deterioration of the galvanised zinc coating. Locations with high salt content and high humidity commonly cause the galvanised finish to deteriorate very quickly; hence, a higher degree of care is required to slow the deterioration of the zinc. Tip: Use soapy water with a brush as this will take any salt residue off the galvanizing, thus extending the life of the trailer. Always wash out brake callipers with soapy water after each use. This will increase the life of the brake pads and callipers. Keeping drain holes clear. This allows for trapped water in the frame to clear. Tip: Using a sponge or rag, block the end of the main frame. Then, using a hose insert at the front of the main frame, flush with clean tap water. Run water for around 5 minutes. This will flood the complete chassis including the cross members as they are all open to each other. The water will run out of all the drain holes in the cross members, cleaning out all saltwater and residue. Failure to carry out the above cleaning process will greatly reduce the life expectancy of your trailer.

THE WHEEL BEARINGS Check wheel bearings and brake adjustment within the first 10 to 50 kilometres of using the trailer. Follow the system on bearing-buddies checking. Servicing wheel bearings should be done every six months for regularly used boat trailers. If the wheel does not rotate on the axle smoothly, then you will need to replace the bearings. This should be carried out by an authorised mechanic. It is good practice to get the trailer checked by a mechanic every six months to avoid expensive on-road costs.

HANDY TIPS Coupling - This needs to be greased every six months or when there is no grease present on the shaft. All bolts and nuts need to be checked for tightness. Axles and springs - It is recommended that you inspect the suspension components at least twice a year for loose u-bolts, bolts and breakage of the leaf springs. Spraying the axle, hubs and springs with anti-moisture anti-corrosion lubricants after washing the trailer is recommended. Brakes – These need to be serviced every six months. Brake adjustment for the mechanical override system can be adjusted at the front pulley or the adjustment bolt on the calipers. Remember to leave enough slack in the cable to allow for the flex in the trailer while under tow. Jockey wheels - Ensure that when the swingup jockey wheel is swivelled from the horizontal position to vertical, the spring-loaded handle and extension pins lock securely into both holes in the jockey wheel mounting plate. Lubricate regularly to keep rust away. Trailer lights - Every six months, check for cracked wiring and damaged lenses. Ensure that all functions of the lamps are working.

Optional guides - In addition, an optional “Drive on Guides” can be fitted. These are set either side of the keel roller to align the boat back to the centre keel roller in the event you bring the boat in on an angle. Tying the boat down - Once the boat is fitted to the trailer correctly, the final task before taking it on the road is to tie the boat down. There is a tie point at the front of the trailer at the base of the winch post. This is to tie the front of the boat to the trailer. The other tie points are either on the side or at the rear of the trailer. You will require a long ratchet strap. The strap goes over the rear of the boat from one side to the other. 42

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEARING BUDDIES Bearing buddies are fitted to all reputable boat trailers. These are designed to keep water out of the bearing hub when you drive the trailer into water when launching or retrieving your boat. The ideal time that you should grease the bearing buddies is prior to putting the trailer in the water. If not, at the boat ramp, you will have a situation where you have a hot hub with liquid grease in the hub. Taking the trailer with a hot hub into cold water will

Tyres - Regularly check for the correct inflation pressure. Uneven tyre-wear inspection should be carried out. Tyre rotation should be done every six or twelve months depending on trailer use. Hand winch - Do not overload your winch. Use it only for the application it has been supplied for on normal ramp conditions. Winches are supplied with a webbing strap which has a higher load rating and braking strain. Ensure that the winch strap is dry. If the winch strap is wet, unwind the strap and allow it to dry out. This will avoid rust on the drum and the strap from deteriorating. Oil the winch shafts, bushes and gears as needed. JULY - SEPT 2018





WHITTLEY NATIONAL RALLY By Andy Kancachian Photos by Antonia Riley

stunning destinations along the magnificent Gold Coast waterways. It provided the opportunity to enrich the joys of boat ownership through forging new friendships, enhancing knowledge of the sometimes unfamiliar waterways, while participating in a well-planned three-day club event. The Rally is an excellent opportunity for Whittley boat owners to meet likeminded people and to learn more about the Whittley boating experience. There is plenty of time to exchange boating information and ideas, and general fixes and problem solving at the end of each day.

hittley Boats could quite possibly be the first W in Australia to put a production wooden boat on a trailer. They started in the 1950’s, headed

by Jim Whittley. Since this time, boat innovation flourished, new materials and techniques adopted, fibreglass replaced timber, and the company now producing a market-leading range of boats to give every boating family the opportunity to have the Whittley experience. Whittley Clubs have been established in east coast states – Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. These clubs aim to give members the opportunity to meet in a relaxed social atmosphere while cruising in their Whittley boats along the beautiful natural waterways and environment of the east coast Australia. These clubs operate independently of the Whittley Company and the dealer network (although they do share a strong partnership with that same Whittley network). The Whittley Club National Rally is organised every two years. This event, which rotates around Queensland, Victoria and New South Whales destinations, is traditionally held over the Easter break. In 2018, the Queensland chapter on the Gold Coast, which had previously organised the event in 2012, hosted the rally. Through this event, Whittley owners from around the country had a chance to explore the


RALLY TEAMS With 51 boats registered, you can imagine it is extremely difficult to plan. There were 111 participants in vessels ranging from the Whittley CR2800 at 9m, and smallest in the fleet was Impala at 5.3mtrs. The rally committee commenced planning at the conclusion of the NSW Hawkesbury Rally, back in March 2016, and met regularly, with continuous communication. They secured the rally venue, the Couran Cove Resort, and organised registrations and catering, planned the rally trips and conducted trial runs to ascertain timing and safe anchorages, as well as securing sponsors.

team departed the marina led by the Trip Leader at staggered times, and returned at different times. Full routing information was given to all Team Leaders and Trip Leaders who had previously carried out full reconnaissance. Trip Leaders would radio in to the rally committee support staff of their estimated time of arrival, so they could be assisted with berthing upon their return. DAY TRIP DESTINATIONS The trip to Budds Beach showcased the Broadwater of the Gold Coast. Cruising to Paradise Point via Sovereign Islands, boat crews caught a glimpse of some homes of the rich and famous. They continued south past Wave Break Island and the Seaway, while seeing the happenings around Sea World, Marina Mirage and the Palazzo Versace Resort. Before entering the Nerang River, they passed the Southport Yacht Club on the port side, then under the Sundale Bridge before motoring by the glamorous homes of Paradise Waters. The idyllic lunch spot was the sandy bay of Budds Beach. After the short stop, the fleet began a leisurely cruise south towards the Broadbeach Waters, and around the Cascade Water Gardens and its large flying fox colony. Another day trip was taken around Jacobs Well to Tipplers. The fleet of Whittley boats headed

The committee created three teams, a safe maximum of 12 boats in each that alternate the daily trips over the course of the event. All the planned destinations had a Trip Coordinator and First Mate who have planned the trip, and led teams on their specific ventures. Each of the colour-coded teams were appointed a Team Leader Couple who were also familiar with the areas they were covering and were able to be the point of reference for any concern from the participants during the rally. Every morning at 8.00am, each Trip Leader met with the Team Leader and at least one member from each boat in the respective group went over the day’s route and answered questions. This was conducted to ensure that there were no last-minute issues, as well as to brief people of the day’s weather. Each JULY - SEPT 2018


out to Horizon Shores Marina where they had the opportunity to refuel at the on-water fuel pumps. Some of the crews headed to Anchorage CafĂŠ for coffee and to take in the view. They then meandered through the myriad of small islands and mangroves, and viewed the abundant sea birds feeding on the mud flats, soldier crabs scampering from the sea birds, and the occasional dolphins at play. Heading further north than their ultimate destination, they briefly anchored at Millionaires Row for a swim in the crystal clear waters before heading south to Tipplers CafĂŠ for lunch.


The third and most challenging for the boat crew was the planned day trip to Peel Island. However, the intended 50nm section of the trip through the open waters of Moreton Bay was called off due to bad weather conditions. Instead, the fleet ventured past Slipping Sands and through Canaipa Passage, before cruising among the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, known locally as the Bay Islands, which include Russell, Lamb and Karragarra Islands, and their lunch destination Macleay Island. All three day-trip fleets made it back safely to their base at Couran Cove Resort in time for happy hour.

The Whittley Club of Queensland organise trips at least monthly, generally within Moreton Bay, sometimes extending trips to some of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales as far south as Clarence River, and north to Noosa and Hervey Bay. The trips are very casual and generally involve meeting up at a predetermined anchorage and usually end with happy hour drinks on a beach at sunset. If you are interested in joining the club, phone the Acting Commodore, Julian Cox on 0423 841 346.




In A Teacup

There is a point when facing the unknown stops being a longed-for adventure and becomes a terrifying reality. Confronting a storm at sea is one of those terrifying realities for Gold Coast resident ANDY McCUTCHEON.


answered an online ad seeking delivery crew for a 100’ superyacht from her summer home in the US North Atlantic sea port of Rockland Maine, bound for her home port in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Dutch-built motor-yacht just completed a major refit undertaken by her owner, a recent dot-com millionaire who provided the seemingly endless amount of monies being poured into his pride and joy. He had the vessel lengthened by 10’ as part of the refit and proceeded to retrofit two lazarette lockers on the transom, each with remote-controlled, hydraulically lifted, electronically operated servo-locked doors. It seemed a bit over the top to me, and I’m sure it became a talking point among the gin-and-tonic crowd at the Nassau Yacht Club, stern to at the marina. While we provisioned the vessel for its 1600nm journey, the owner installed banks of computer screens that would monitor and display the status of systems aboard. He planned to make a straight shot from Rockland, running approximately 30nm offshore to the entrance of the breakwater at Fort Lauderdale. We departed on a Saturday afternoon at 1500h amid some light drizzle, hand steering the vessel out of a series of inland bays to open water. I was one of three crew on 4-hour watches shared with the owner. My watch was from midnight to 0400h. As we approached open water, the weather deteriorated. I BBQ’d steaks under the covered aft deck while the boat pitched and rolled, and fed the crew. With the prospect of a long night ahead, I decided to get some sleep.

I woke to my alarm ten minutes before my watch. The weather had worsened while I was asleep, and the hydraulic-driven autopilot was now trying to hold course in 8m seas. The driving rain and increasing wave heights were concerning, but barely palpable from inside the protected bridge-deck, illuminated by LED screens and a single red overhead navigation light. The owner gave strict instructions not to touch anything. We were to monitor the information on the screens, and alert him if an alarm went off. 46

At 0218h, a wave crashed loudly over the bow sending sea-spray well past the bridge-deck windows as the vessel’s wiper blades struggled to keep up and provide clear vision. In an instant, everything went black. All LED screens went out, the red navigation light went out and our running lights were now off. It took a few moments for my eyes to adjust to the darkness. ‘Our auto-pilot must be offline too,’ I thought, as the vessel was now tracking to starboard into the trough of an approaching wave. The owner’s strict instructions were ringing in my head - but not nearly as loud as the alarm bells of self-preservation. I frantically grabbed the wheel and steered hard to port. As the vessel came around, I tried maintaining the course heading of 190 degrees, but something was wrong. As I brought the vessel onto 190 degrees, it wouldn’t hold, but instead fell off about 30 degrees to port. I tried again, this time it fell off 30 degrees to starboard. It felt like we had a light bow…or a heavy stern. I couldn’t leave the bridge-deck. The vessel needed to be gently hand-steered trying to compensate for the unusual course fluctuations, so we didn’t end up abeam in the trough of an 8m wave. When the vessel stabilised, I tried to call the owner, but the cabin phone was dead. The entire vessel was without power. I shouted repeatedly, and within a few minutes the crew hastened to my call. Thirty minutes into the ordeal, I was surprisingly calm, cool and able to communicate my theories on what had caused the blackout. But I wanted to check something first just to be sure. I momentarily handed over the wheel and took a torch to the aft deck. My worst fears were confirmed. The lazarrette doors were slightly opened and taking on water with every wave. As I opened the lazarrette doors, which led to a purpose-built storage area for tools and spare parts, it was thrashing around like a giant washing machine and there were thousands of litres of sea water in the boat. We were sinking. At that moment, my fear turned to anger as the owner’s ridiculous ‘must-have’ mechanical ‘geek-gadget’ lazarrette doors had allowed sea water to ingress by way of an electrical fault in his servodriven locks causing them to unseal.

I hurried back to the bridge-deck. We needed to make an action plan – fast! I did not want to wake the owner up at this point. Given his most recent short-sighted blunder, waking him up may in fact further jeopardize the safety of the vessel. We managed to find a set of paper charts using the torch. I did some rough calculations using speed, time and distance, and worked out that we were about 35nm from Kennebunkport, Maine, and adjusted our course accordingly to arrive just after dawn at our present speed. By first light, we had navigated past West Goose Rocks and were at the mouth of the Batson River near Marshall Point. The storm had passed. I pulled the vessel into a sheltered cove. We dropped the anchor, shut off the engines, and rested. The deafening silence of the arrested engines alongside the dawn sunlight was enough to rouse the owner, who made his way to the bridge-deck in a dressing gown, querying why the vessel had stopped. After a comprehensive overview of the night’s events, his curiosity led to a more thorough investigation of the damages. He managed to restore power to the vessels systems, which was an encouraging start. When he emerged, a US Coast Guard vessel was coming alongside, as they were unable to raise us on the radio prior to the power coming back online. They had received an emergency call from a resident high on the Kennebunkport bluff who ‘had seen a large vessel anchored with her stern visibly below the waterline’ and thought they should check us out. It took six days to remove all the metal and plastic shards that were thrashing around in nearly 15,000L of water contained in the newly added transom extension of the superyacht, caught in the middle of a late autumn nor’easter in the pitch black of night, 30nm offshore. I learned an invaluable lesson about myself that night. “Stop trying to calm the storm – calm yourself, the storm will pass.” It is said that, ‘A strong soul shines after every storm.’ I left with a new respect for the sea and for myself. I’m not certain I will ever conquer my fear of storms. Perhaps I just got lucky with this ‘tempest in a teacup’. JULY - SEPT 2018


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risbane couple, Russell and Kim Dahl – and their beloved Shnoodle, Merv – are the proud owners of an Integrity 490, a Raised Pilothouse version. “When it came to designing our current boat, Norcliff III, I wanted a separate helm station,” explains Russell. “We went to Integrity and asked if they could do that for us, and they were excited by the challenge. We gave them a list of things we wanted and they designed them. We went back and forwards til we got them just right, and the end result is just as we had always imagined it.

“We have a great rapport,” states Russell. “They’re easy to get along with, take great pride in their boats and every aspect of workmanship. During the build process, I went to the factory three times and gave our input along the way. Nothing is too much trouble.” Custom features include the Raised Pilothouse design, specially crafted removable rails on the transom for tender stowage, which easily converts to a swim platform, and a Sovereign barbeque off the back for fuss-free entertaining.

“With Integrity, there’s a real ‘can do’ approach. Every boat is different and they’re always working to make things better.”

“The reason for the pilothouse is that it provides me with a separate helm station as well as side access doors to both Port and Starboard sides of the boat and there is plenty of storage and entertaining room.

Russell and Kim came into the Integrity family in 2013, with a background in sailing.

“Kim was very hands-on with the interiors and we managed to achieve everything we wanted in this boat.”

As Russell recounts: “When Kim and I first met, I was into sailing having done a few offshore races, namely a Sydney to Gold Coast and Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race. I was probably a little gung ho! We started off in yacht share on a Bavaria 37 based at Manly, Brisbane. We would sail over to Tangalooma and spend some time there. “However, sailing caused too many disputes, as I would always ask Kim to tack just after she had poured a glass of fizz, so that did not go down well. “Some other friends of ours had a power boat so we joined them with a purchase of a second hand 28ft Bayliner, which we enjoyed for a couple of years around Moreton Bay. But at 25 knots, there were too many bumps for us to cope with.” They discovered the Integrity range at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show and bought an Integrity 380 Sedan. “We named it ‘Norcliff’ in honour of my mother and father, whose names were Norma and Clifford respectively. They had owned a block of flats called Norcliff, so the name is somewhat of a tradition. “The reason for Integrity besides the classic trawler lines, was stability – Kim can drink champagne in peace – the slower pace, walk around decks, room and of course a reasonable price.” Since the couple’s first Integrity, they have formed a firm relationship with the Integrity team and have upgraded twice, to their current 490 Raised Pilothouse, ‘Norcliff III’. 48

Russell and Kim Dahl at Tangalooma

In the past 18 months, the Dahls have enjoyed exploring Moreton Bay, Tangalooma and the Gold Coast waterways aboard ‘Norcliff III’, fully appreciating a slow pace of boating, with all the creature comforts of home.

Norcliff III, Integrity 490 Raised Pilothouse

Their trusty companion, Merv, a 10-year old cross Shih Tzu-Poodle, is only just getting his sea legs, but is taking to the boating lifestyle with gusto. Recently added to the pack is Collie-Kelpie cross Charlie, a pup who is already making his presence felt, annoying Merv who prefers the quieter life! “We’re not into fishing, but we love swimming, relaxing, whale watching and entertaining friends on our boat. It’s the ideal entertainer, with free-flowing spaces from the aft deck through the saloon.” Below decks, ‘Norcliff III’ boasts a full-beam Master cabin with ensuite, and a VIP cabin with Queen size bed and ensuite. Powered by a single Scania 700hp engine, ‘Norcliff III’ has more than enough grunt to handle coastal and offshore cruising. “We have no problem at all with single engine power. If anything, the boat is probably overpowered. But we have stern and bow thrusters, thankfully, which make berthing a lot more manageable.” Planning a long summer of boating, Russell and Kim are enjoying the camaraderie and shared interests of the Integrity family.

“We enjoy the socialising and hope to do more of it,” he says, suggesting an Integrity Facebook system where owners can advise each other of their cruising plans and then meet up for an impromptu raft-up. “We love our boat, the Integrity family and are looking forward to start venturing north to Hervey Bay whale watching, Hamilton Island and The Whitsundays in 2018.” Integrity. Discover More. For information about Integrity, call Jason Kowalski on 0416 057 326. More at JULY - SEPT 2018

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MAKE YOUR VESSEL LOOK NEW WITH SPEED DETAILING percent of boat exteriors that are sun faded and dull do not need to be repainted. The S eventy surface needs to be just rejuvenated and brought back to life. Speed Detailing business owner, Lyndon Walker, knows the importance of looking after your boating asset and the value of presentation. Every job Speed Detailing carries out is different and requires a unique process and application to achieve the perfect result. If you are considering selling, trading-in, or getting an insurance appraisal for your boat, or just need your boat detailed properly, Speed Detailing can add value to your boat or luxury craft. “I can possibly help you make more money than what you initially thought you'd receive when selling your boat, by providing a service many consider to be a gifted art form. It’s the reason I started Speed Detailing – to provide the boating sector a service that is untouchable, and make your boat look like new again in every possible way as if as it was just off the showroom floor.” Speed Detailing specialises in every facet of detailing imaginable, including interiors, exteriors, alloy and stainless steel polishing. The interiors are fully cleaned using the Speed Detailing method to look and smell brand new. “There is no job too big or too small for me to handle. I’m a passionate tradesman with unwavering attention to detail, and skills and work ethic matched with experience are second to none.” Speed Detailing offers obligation-free quote to restore your boat to new. “Every day, I receive calls from within Australia and internationally. The best news is, I come to you and do not charge for travel to and from the location of your boat.” Speed Detailing continues to set the highest of standards. Clients only have praises for the quality of service that they receive from Speed Detailing. David Spann, the director of Warrego Truck and Machinery Referral, has this to say: “I recently engaged the services of Lyndon Walker at Speed Detailing to detail my 48ft Riviera Sport Fisher boat that we wished to sell based at Hope Island. After talking with Lyndon for only a few minutes, I knew he was the right man for the job. Not only was he prompt, but he also knew exactly what we needed to make the boat look its best. The vessel had a full machine cut and polish; windows were cleaned inside and out; and all the stainless steel and alloy were polished to perfection. The boat turned out far better than expected, it almost made me want to keep it. Since then, Speed Detailing has continued to impress by putting their special touch on a whole range of vehicles in our fleet.” For more information, please contact Lyndon on 0457287192, 24 hours every day. Call now to get things moving.


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MARITIMO X60 WORLD PREMIERE epresenting a totally new era in luxury sport yacht design, the new Maritimo X60 R had impressed early, already generating wide

with excess speed capability available with Volvo 1000hp power option. Hull efficiency within the cruising speed range was a major focus of the state-of-the-art hull and driveline design. The X60’s class leading range and economy has been recorded at over 30 knot cruise and consumption rate of under 100L/h per engine at 27 knot cruise. With superior economy and greater fuel capacity than direct competitors, the X60’s range capabilities are revolutionary within the sport motor yacht segment.

international interest and sales. After the world premiere at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the highly anticipated X-Series will make further appearances at exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Development also commenced on the next model within the X-Series Range, a Maritimo X50 – which the company is closely guarding until its introduction at Sydney International Boat Show 2018, with its world premiere scheduled for 2019.

The new era variable deadrise hull design with deep-v bow entry, also offers a soft dry ride, whilst weight distribution within the hull design allows for effortless transition to plane and running attitude through the RPM range.

Integral in X-Series design is the versatile aft cabin space that enables high levels of custom-ability for owners to cater to their specific requirements. Inherent in both the X60 and X50, the space enables an additional cabin accessible from saloon and swim platform, that can be arranged as beach club, additional stateroom, tender garage, Euro galley and other custom options. Maritimo lead designer, Tom Barry-Cotter said the X60 was one of the most versatile sports motor yachts available in the international market, with multiple arrangement options of the aft cabin, and regency suite. With units already in production, bound for new homes in Australia, New Zealand, North America, and Europe, he credits the early momentum in sales to the value added into the

design’s increased accommodation spaces to that of its competitors. “The additional aft cabin is completely unique and is resonating with buyers within the sport motor yacht market. Its ability to add extra accommodation space that is similar in size to an additional master cabin in terms of volume, is clearly something special.” Inherent in the X-Series bloodline will be the company’s race-driven performance prowess. With a complete new efficient shaft-driven hull and driveline design, the X60 has been tested at speeds up to 34 knots with 925hp Scania power,

Maritimo has also worked closely with Twin Disc in the development of marina maneuvering EJS joystick systems. The latest Twin Disc System has the most sensitive joystick docking ability in the industry, enabling stress free docking in tight spaces. The X60 is fitted with Twin Disk Quickshift transmissions, EC 300 Electronic Control System, Express Joystick and has the option of being fitted with Express Positioning System technology, which enables precise and continuous position and heading hold. “It was fitting that on the 30th anniversary of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show we had the world premiere of a revolutionary luxury sport yacht, which is already resonating with the boat buying public internationally,” he said. “It's a proud day for our company and for SCIBS.”

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FIX OR FLICK Are you in a dilemma whether to repair or replace your outboard motor? ANDY KELCKHOVEN of Outboard Parts Australia, shares tips for deciding whether to fix or flick your engine, avoiding buying lemons, and how to keep outboards humming.

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ften the best way to judge whether an engine needs a tune-up is the boat owner’s own experience with it. It is pretty common sense. But if the engine fails to start or cuts out on you more than a few times, then it is time for a check-up. Find out the repair cost then weigh that up against the engine’s age and value. In that way, you can make an informed decision about repairing it or buying a new one. Re-build Re-building your outboard is a great option that is getting used less and less these days in today’s more throwaway society. The key questions when deciding whether to rebuild an engine are the outboard’s age, value and general condition. A rebuild will only fix the mechanical parts, so you are still left with your old electric parts, which can be a concern with older outboards. A recent model is often worth rebuilding. But the flipside is new engines are more expensive to rebuild than the older ones. Some people are very attached to their engines too and just love them. If you are one of them, you know exactly what engine you are working with and can feel very confident in rebuilding it, versus buying a used engine with an unknown history. Buying used outboards If you do decide to purchase instead of repair, there are many things to consider, too. Picking the right engine for your boat is very much a case-by-case decision. But the key factor is budget. A new engine will naturally give you the best reliability, but not everyone can afford a new engine. That is when a used outboard is a good option. This is especially true for the owners of the


very powerful, high horsepower engines; brand-new replacements cost tens of thousands to purchase. Obviously, the main concern when buying a secondhand engine is that it might turn out to be a lemon. This is why it is good to buy from a reputable dealer so you get a warranty and can go back to them with any problems. How many engine hours are too many? The healthy amount of hours can vary a lot depending on the model because each brand tends to have a different lifespan. Generally, you can have more confidence buying the used newer-model engines because they have computers in them that can give you an accurate breakdown of the engine’s history. In older models, the engine hour gauges are less reliable. You can also make some general assumptions about engines, namely that 2-strokes will give you more power, but 4-strokes will use less fuel, and can and give you twice the engine lifespan. Engine checks. It is essential to get any used engine mechanically assessed before you buy it. We offer pre-purchase inspections that check everything top to bottom, including the important compression test. It is critical to do a compression test because it can determine whether the engine has sustained any damage or is worn out. Normally you would pay separately for these checks on a used engine but we’ve already done it on all our engines before you buy them. Test-driving an engine. It is tough to properly check an engine on a test-drive unless you are a mechanic. However, if you are going without a mechanic, you want to make sure the engine operates well. To conduct your own engine check, begin by holding it at full throttle for

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a couple of minutes and ensure no overheat alarms come on. Make sure it changes gears smoothly and generally performs well. Take it for a good run, because problems will not often show themselves immediately. Engine use is key While options are always available when your engine conks out on you, it is important that you keep your outboard well-maintained regardless of whether you have rebuilt it, or have bought a replacement. The best way to keep your engine tip-top is to take the boat out regularly for good runs. Leaving your boat out of the water for lengthy periods can cause a big problem because when fuel evaporates or becomes stale it leaves a varnish behind which can 'gum' key fuel components. Use your boat regularly to avoid damaging the engine. Andy Kelckhoven is one of the Gold Coast’s most experienced outboard experts, having repaired thousands of engines through his business, Outboard Parts Australia. He is also the current World and Australian Champion for racing outboards in the surf, and maintains most of the Surf Life Savig Club outboards on the Gold Coast. Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and are not meant to replace professional advice specific to your needs. These tips only serve as a guide in conducting your own research before making major decisions.

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any of our greatest pleasures come from time well spent with family and friends so when it comes to safety, every skipper knows the value of keeping an extra eye on everyone on board.

Fortunately, Errol Cain and the talented team from Australian Marine Wholesale have found a smart new overboard alarm system that will enhance your peace of mind. “CrewWatcher works like a virtual lifeline and is made up of two components: a smartphone app and a small beacon that can be comfortably worn by each member of your crew,” says Errol. “The alarm triggers automatically in a man overboard event and should someone go overboard, the app will provide coordinates and even a compass to the location, saving time and stress. “This easy-to-use product won numerous awards last year – including the 2017 Sail Magazine Innovation Award and the 2017 Dame Design Award.” CrewWatcher – from nautical safety pioneer Weems and Plath, an available alarm triggers automatically, in a man overboard event – works on most smartphones and tablets and provides a response time up to 30 times faster than personal AIS beacons, and at a fraction of the price.


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“It doesn’t require mobile service to work and one smartphone device watches up to five crew members – including kids the family pet,” says Errol. “CrewWatcher received a lot of interest at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, with many people noting you can also use it to keep an eye on a towed dinghy, or even as a bilge alarm.” After more than three decades in the boating business, Errol says advancing technologies still manage to amaze him. “When I started Cain Marine in the 1980s, boat owners basically just had a VHF radio and digital depth-sounder… and that was it,” he says. “Today, cutting-edge technology is enhancing the user experience for those of us who like to spend as much time as we can out on the water. “For those who love to fish, the global satellite technology experts at mazu have developed another new app that provides key information so you can find fish faster. “The mazu SportFishing app provides key information such as surface temperature so you can easily see the breaks, chlorophyll overlays to determine water clarity and even access to group chat for tournament tactics.

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“It certainly guarantees an unforgettable blue water fishing adventure.” Over 30 years, Errol has fitted evolving technology to thousands of vessels – everything from super yachts to sailing yachts, trawlers to trailer boats – and he has built up a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has also formed very close and personal alliances with many of the world’s leading manufacturers of marine-specific electronics such as high-tech night-vision cameras, sophisticated fish-finders, radars and chart-plotters, as well as high-capacity water-makers and energy-efficient LED lighting. Indeed, the extensive suite of leading-brand products distributed through Australian Marine Wholesale testifies to these long-established links: Raymarine, Garmin, Iris Innovations, Icom, Simrad, Lumitec, Aqualuma, Fusion, Clarion, Mastervolt, Sea Recovery and Blue Water Desalination, to name but a few. “Our job at AMW is to source the best and most reliable technology from throughout the world because we are committed to staying at the forefront of a rapidly advancing industry,” says Errol.



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Bigger, better, brighter: as part of the iconic thruhull range, the GEN 4 - 12 Series is a serious light, designed to illuminate larger boats. This powerful light is capable of packing a serious punch. The 12 Series has a corrosion-proof, injection-molded, patented polymer housing, and is internally driven and maintainable. Available in Ultra Blue and Brilliant White, this product is recommended for boats from 12m (40ft) to 30me (100ft). As part of the Thru-Hull range, the 12 Series features Aqualuma’s 6-year housing warranty with a 3-year warranty on internals.

The Seamaster Gold MFM70 marine battery is powered with the Expanded Grid Technology (EXG), giving boat owners the power and confidence needed to meet the demands out at seas. This maintenance-free marine battery delivers superior starting power and reserve capacity with longer service life, and a fully sealed design, which minimises water/ electrolyte evaporation. It comes with a 24-month replacement warranty, high cranking power (720CCA), and deep-cycling ability (95Ah).



If you want to store fresh food and bottled drinks, this fridge and freezer will satisfy all your needs. It has twotemperature zones making simultaneous cooling and freezing possible. This high-tech compressor fridge and freezer is impressively efficient, quiet, and built to withstand the most demanding of loads; yet, is also remarkably lightweight and easy to transport. Separate compartments for cooling and freezing can be set between 10°C to -22°C. You can even change settings via an app! Fitted with heavy-duty details, like reinforced corners, stainless steel hinges and a robust lid lining, the hitech coolers in the CFX series can withstand the most demanding of loads. Large gross capacity of 75L with two separate compartments for cooling and freezing in any combination desired to be set: freezer/freezer, freezer/fridge, or fridge/fridge.

A transparent feature enables everyone to see the gas level through the wall of the tank, therefore removing the risk of unexpectedly running out of gas during use. Lightweight and ergonomic, the unique composite construction makes this gas cylinder lighter and easier to handle. When empty, the cylinder weighs about 50% less than a comparable metal gas cylinder. The composite materials do not corrode therefore the cylinder will not leave rust stains on your boat or yacht. The cylinder, when engulfed by fire, will react with a controlled burnout and will not explode. It has UV protection with special additives included in the gas cylinders to prevent degrading over time from weather conditions. Refillable at any refill station. Australian regulation and approval test certificate provided. Diameter 305mm, Overall Height 460mm, Weight (ex valve) 4.1kg.


SIENA II ELECTRIC HELM CHAIR This chair offers a ¾ back with removable headrest, and the arms fold up parallel to the back for easy access. The front knee roll folds up onto the seat for standing while steering. The footrest features a solid teak base surrounded by stainless steel designed to fold into itself. It is fixed in a 12-degree position moves forward and aft electronically with various positions. It rotates 360 degrees on an actuator pedestal and travels 200mm from its lowest point. Load capacity is 250kgs and locks. The entire structure is made from 316 stainless steel and aluminium. The chair can be cabinet-mounted with manual electric slide and is suitable for a saloon or a flybridge. All Melfi Design Helm chairs can be made to suit customer needs.






he Parker 800 Weekend is no doubt a very modern and elegant boat. The Parker 800 Weekend's hull has inherited its origins from the deep V hulls of the Parker ribs which ensure excellent sea handling with a stable and dry ride, in any weather. The rear section being flattened offers stability at anchor. This boat can be fitted with both inboard and outboard motor depending on one’s budget, and required use. With a maximum of 300 HP Outboard engine the boat can reach speed up to 38 knots. The high sides are accompanied by numerous grab handrails which provide excellent safety when on the move. The deck shower is coupled with self-draining deck facilitates for a wash down after a day out fishing. The cabin of the Parker 800 offers a spacious interior (will sleep up to six persons)

with a bright, well-ventilated area with panoramic views. The comfort on board is provided by a wellplanned kitchen, which includes plenty of storage. There is also a separate cubicle with a sea toilet , hand wash basin and shower .
 The Parker 800 Weekend is a very spacious boat of this size and is ideal for families who want to enjoy both fishing and a cruise vacation. Additional equipment includes manual and electric bilge pump, sea toilet with 40L Black water tank, 78L fresh water tank

Parker 750 Cabin Cruiser

Length: 7.46 m Dry weight: 1860 kg

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230L Fuel tank, LED navigation lights, fridge, sliding roof hatch, sliding hatch in side windows, cabin hatch, curtains, windscreen wiper, anchor roller, salt water flushing deck The latest Lowrance, Simrad or Garmin chartplotters/ fishfinders can be fitted, as well a Fusion sound system with 2 speakers. Maximum outboard engine power is 300 HP, with inboard engines options a Mercruiser 220hp or a V6 TDI 260hp, with Bravo 3 outdrive.

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he Parker 750 Cabin Cruiser is the first in the new line of Parker Boats. It is very much a sports cruiser design with superb sea-keeping qualities offering great performance and exceptional comfort of a recreational boat. The new revolutionary GRP-laminated hull has been designed for high speeds, while maintaining the comfort of a smooth passage, even in severe weather conditions. At a length of 7.46 metres with a beam of 2.50 metres, and licensed to carry seven persons, this compact overnighter is ideal for the Queensland waterways that have speed restrictions for vessels over 8 metres. The spacious and functional interior includes four sleeping berths, including two in the separate front cabin. At the helm, the captain has uninterrupted views. The cockpit is almost entirely surrounded by glass, while the passengers are seated on an accompanying bench. The dining area allows up to six persons to sit around the table.

Other standard equipment include a front locker, sunroof hatch, curtains, seawater deck shower, two front wipers, deck light and stainless anchor roller.

The boat is equipped with a separate cabin that has a sea toilet and hand wash/shower facilities, a kitchen area with a cooker, sink and refrigerator. The layout of the cabin with lots of storage space simplifies the time on board for all. The aft deck is fitted with cushioned side benches allowing lots of fun for those who like to sit out in the open air when at speed.

Designed for a long trip, the boat is fitted with an economical Mercury outboard and has an inbuilt 230-litre fuel tank. The innovative well-shaped hull with multiple spray rails capable of speeds of 35 knots with a 150HP outboard engine, and 45 knots with a 250HP engine.

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The wide range of options available for the boat makes it possible to adapt it to your requirements. These include a rear bimini, bow thruster, teak flooring, trim tabs, anchor winch, shore power, navigation pack and sound system that can all be factory-fitted on request. Polished in every detail, the Parker 750 Cabin Cruiser is a milestone in development of the fast leisure powerboats. Local distributor Nautilus Australia provide the highest level of after-sales support for the complete range of Parker boats.

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HORIZON SHORES M A R I N A â&#x20AC;˘ S H I P YA R D M O R E T O N B AY â&#x20AC;˘ G O L D C OA S T Welcome to Horizon Shores Marina, Moreton Bay, Queensland. On its sprawling 96 hectares, Horizon Shores Marina has nearly 300,000 square feet of covered manufacturing space in a state-ofthe-art facility. The marina prides itself on housing all the marine trades on site. Horizon Shores Marina continually updates equipment and invests in new processes and technology in order to provide customers the most progressive and superior manufacturing services.

But there is no greater resource at Horizon Shores Marina than the high calibre of artisans and craftsmen who expertly perform their work to the most exacting standards. Thanks to this comprehensive and connected facility, team members have a fluency about ongoing projects that is unmatched. The result being personalised and impeccable service for their customers. So that you can make the most of this boating paradise on our doorstep, make a visit to Horizon Shores Marina soon.

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Make the most of your precious boating time, with 350 storage rack spaces available for long and short term lease. The benefits of Dry Stack Storage; • Protects vessel’s gelcoat in all weather conditions • Reduces maintenance costs - anti foul, anode replacement • Frees up space in the driveway


• Great if you are after a lifestyle adjustment making boating a “load & go” activity. • Horizon Shores Rack storage is fully enclosed and locked every night giving added security • 24/7 Security • Reduced wear and tear on vehicle • Onsite power and water available for detailing (at no additional cost) • Should you require any works to be carried out by one of the marina’s services, it can be located to their work shed for repairs ensuring less organisation for the owner Just park and go! All we need is a phone call one hour before you arrive and your boat will be waiting for you at our courtesy berth. After your day on the water, return your boat to our courtesy berth. As you head home, or relax at The Anchorage Cafe, we’ll flush your motors, wash down your boat’s exterior, then put it safely away in our fully enclosed Dry Stack facility. Dry boat storage is a simple, economical and maintenance saving way of storing your boat.

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@ CABBAGE TREE POINT By Andy Kancachian


abbage Tree Point is located at the very southern edge of Southern Moreton Bay, the northeastern corner of the Gold Coast. The name refers to the cabbage tree palms that grew in the area. If you have travelled that way, you will notice that local residents are fishing fanatics. With an increasingly popular boat ramp, the small town is a great launching point for those in search of a good day’s catch. A short drive from the heart of the Gold Coast, Cabbage Tree Point provides easy launching and a short boat journey to where all the fish are.


Hiring boats is a great alternative to the outlay associated with buying your own boat, especially if you have children who may not handle the water well initially. All boats hired by Anchor Point at Cabbage Tree Point come fitted with a canopy, all safety equipment and a demonstration on how to correctly operate the vessel for peace of mind and maximum enjoyment. Advice and tips are also available from the friendly team who are only too happy to share their secret spots.


Luke Rafton, owner of Anchor Point (the last structure before the water), sees all that goes on in town. He was born to be a fisher. He started fishing at the age of two among his kinfolk, and now still spends his days reeling in fish with family and close friends. “Fishing keeps our family together,” explains Luke. “I currently fish with my father in the Flathead Classic each year as a father-son team. It’s a great bonding session. I even had a stint as a commercial fisher for several years – on and off – chasing species such as Spanish mackerel, reef fish and mud crabs.” Fishing is what Luke does to get away, relax and just unwind. He shares, “Even though I work in the fishing industry all day, getting out on the boat for an hour or two is a great way to de-stress.” As a local safety advocate, Luke recommends that boaties should always carry plenty of drinking water, snacks, a torch, a phone and a change of wet weather clothing. It is also important to inform another party who is not onboard, of your plans, destinations if fishing particular spots, and estimated return time, to aid a search if you do get in trouble.

ON NOW: SNAPPER AND TAILOR Being an avid fisher, Luke is always eager to share his local knowledge, and tips and tricks in catching fish. Coming through Winter and into Spring, Luke is targeting Jewfish inside the Jumpinpin Bar (the pin bar), using a variety of techniques and equipment, including vibe lures, such as the Ima Koume along with the Ima Schneider blades, which are deadly with Jewfish. It is worth remembering that caution should be exercised when crossing any coastal bar. Offshore though, the hunt for the snapper runs thick, taking advantage of shallow breeding areas while locking into the schools in the depths, predominantly reeled in on light-weighted pilchards, which are floated down gently to allow the bigger snapper to rise up for a feed. BAIT TIP If you are planning on venturing to Cabbage Tree Point, here is the best local tip: “Soft plastics will work really well in the upcoming months for flathead and jewies. If you find the bait, you will find the fish. The cold still mornings are a great time to find fish attacking bait balls on the surface, so try unweighted plastics or small poppers for best results.” LOCATION, LOCATION Luke knows he is fortunate to be so accessible to a renowned fishing location. “Cabbage Tree Point area is a treasure, as species can be caught within two kilometres off the ramp. Whiting and jewies, even threadfin, salmon, and snapper are caught here.” Locals will also confirm that the area is one of the best spots on the coast to catch mud crabs especially as the weather is starting to warm up.

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t is time to do the annual slipping. So what are the key things we should be looking for to ensure all the proper maintenance is done?

your vessel, whether it is fibreglass or aluminium. This is extremely important. Remember we all have different vessels, live in different locations, and use vessels differently.

Antifouling is designed to keep growth off your boat. The signal to book the slip will be the presence of hard shell and weed starting to build up. This indicates that the biocides in the antifouling are exhausted or the product has worn back to previously used coats.

Two coats of antifouling should be applied to get the best performance. Have it applied by airless spray if you can, as this results in a very smooth finish, aiding the antifouling performance. For powerboat owners, this will reduce fuel usage.

Once you have decided to slip your vessel, make sure of a number of things with this quick checklist on both antifouling and other components:

It is important to know what products are being • put on your vessel. It is OK to change your antifouling

product from the previous applied products. However, it is important to remember the golden rule: you can put soft ablating antifouling over hard ablating antifouling, but not the other way around.

product designed for these components. Always check with the professionals. Also, check your transducer and speed pilots, and clean if necessary. Check your current flow earth blocks as well. Do not antifoul your earth block. (Some residual earth blocks are designed to release current flow.)

Most antifoulings can be launched back in the water in about four (4) hours. But overnight drying is always better. Try not to rush things. It is a good idea to check your product data sheet regarding the launch times back into the water.

While your boat is on the hardstand, it is the perfect • • opportunity to have your vessel cleaned and polished. With gelcoat being porous, it is important to remove all fall-out All weed, shell, slime, and the soft soapy layer of • and chalkiness from the vessel by wet sanding with a 1500g, If you are not sure, it is recommended to apply a “tie antifouling must be removed back to a clean, hard surface. • 2000g or 3000g soft pad, prior to polishing. This will ensure coat” in the product brand of your new antifouling. This Check for any excessive thickness of the antifouling that you are polishing a flat substrate in order to obtain a intermediate “tie coat” is a single pack product designed • from years of build up after many coats. This will mostly be to seal the old antifouling system and give the new antifoul better outcome that lasts longer. around the waterline. system a good foundation. When your vessel is lifted to go back into the • Check for any peeling or cracking back to old, water, don’t forget to touch up your antifouling where the If you are having your application applied by • • previous coats. If this is excessive, it may be time to think stands and cradle points were located. This is where your a professional, then ensure that the correct amount

The hull must be thoroughly washed with fresh water at about 3000-5000 psi.

about removing all the old antifouling back to epoxy primer, and then re-applying. Putting new antifouling over old delaminating coats is ineffective and the new paint will just fall off with the old. You can do this yourself with tungsten blade scrapers. It is hard work and will take a number of days depending on the size of your boat. The alternative is to have the paint removed with some form of abrasive blast. Check with the yard to see what they can offer. You may still be able to do the re-application of the paint system yourself after all the old coats are removed.

Always undertake a hull inspection. Look for any • delamination cracks, pitting, holes, soft spots, and any osmosis. If you encounter any of these elements you should consult a qualified shipwright for their opinion.

If the antifouling is OK and can be over coated, • ensure the bottom has been wet-rubbed with 80-grit sand paper or a brown doodlebug pad, washed again, and dried before applying new paint.

When checking over your hull, look for any areas • where the epoxy is exposed, bare hull or fibreglass as

these areas will need to be spot-primed with a good quality epoxy primer or tie coat prior to the application of your antifouling paint.

Antifoul selection: Make sure you talk to the professionals about what antifouling paint best suits 64

of antifouling is being applied,]. Remember to apply two (2) coats, not one (1) coat. Always check that the professional is experienced, and always ask what type of warranty they provide.

Rolling on your antifouling produces a rougher surface profile where the slime will attach. Ensure that your roller is not leaving excess built-up streaks at the end of your roller sleeve as this will cause an uneven substrate, which affects self-polishing and ablating properties while your vessel is in motion. To get the best life, the right amount of antifouling • is critical. Antifoulings are made of soluble resin and

wear away over time, so it makes sense not to apply too thinly. If you are not sure how much to use, calculate the underwater hull area and divide by 6sq metres per litre per coat to get an average. This isn’t perfect but it will get you close enough. A simple formula is LWL x (B+D) Load waterline x (beam + draft).

While your vessel is out of the water, don’t forget to check your sacrificial anodes and see if they need to be replaced. Check your propeller, shafts and rudders. After a thorough clean, ensure these surfaces are well keyed/ sanded and free of dust, grease and contaminates. They can be epoxy-primed and painted with a hard ablating antifoul or alternatively painted in the silicone-based

Complete Antifoul Systems T: 0406 111 360

new antifoul job can rapidly deteriorate with weed and crustaceans attaching very quickly.

Once back in the water, a little maintenance over the next 12 months will help extend the life of the antifouling. These coatings will keep shell and weed off. However, slime and mud can settle on the hull. If you see this, give it a gentle wipe off with a sponge or a cloth. Don’t be too aggressive with this as you may scrub the antifouling off and reduce its life expectancy. If you leave it to build up, it may get sufficiently thick to stop the antifouling from working properly. So the important things to remember are: • Clean the hull thoroughly. • Undertake an inspection of hull and components. • Proper preparation is vital. • Ensure you get the right antifoul for your vessel. • Apply enough paint. • Do your in-water maintenance. • Have fun boating.

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hermo-Lite board is the ideal alternative or replacement for plywood and wood products. Thermo-Lite Board is strong, light weight, non-absorbent, and almost indestructible. It’s a unique product sustainable for many applications in the marine, ground transportation, and building industries. For manufacturers that require a proven core material, Thermo-Lite board offers a number of advantages compared to traditional materials, and has an established performance record in virtually every application area that requires a tough and lightweight composite. Thermo-lite has the characteristics that everyone has been waiting for: strong, lightweight and rot-free, offering lifetime performance. It’s a great option for so many applications. There is a unique saving in weight and in eliminating any potential timber degradation and rot, reducing the need for future works. The Thermo-lite board is extremely popular in the marine industry for new builds as well as repairs. The utilisation of Thermo-lite in the marine industry reduces overall displacement weight dramatically, and provides clients with greater payload capacity reflecting in further economy. Local Councils and Government Transport Agencies are exceptionally happy with the product. Trailer repairs and horse float industries are ecstatic that they finally have something that will reduce future costs and provide excellent performance. Some of the important aspects: • Number 1 alternative to plywood and other wood based products; • Guaranteed non-absorbent; • Lightweight composite product; • High specific strength and toughness; • Durable and reliable; • High impact strength; • Thermal insulation; • Resistant to contamination; • Does not harbour mould or fungus; and • Industry-proven and accepted. If you want to do it right the first time, then don’t look past Thermo-lite board as your alternative. You won’t be disappointed. Pacific Paint & Fibreglass 07 5529 4448





BOAT GOLD COAST Steam cleaning upholstery only wets the surface and should never penetrate through the stuffing. If this happens, you will get brown stains (called water stains) on the fabric. These are some of the toughest stains to remove so it is best avoided. Steam cleaning is best left to a professional as damage to your upholstery can be severe if not performed correctly. Dry cleaning uses a solvent that evaporates rapidly and evenly, and is mostly used on raw linen or lightly soiled upholstery. Agitation by hand or mechanical means ensure that encapsulation of dirt happens and is picked up in the cleaning medium. What does this mean to you? On a boat, the most common damage or soiling is from either food (including drinks) or water. When a spill happens, the first thing to do is to dry out the area as quickly as possible and wipe-up any residue. Dampen a white tea towel – it is imperative to use a white rag, as it prevents stain transfer – and lightly dab the affected area. On a wine stain, use a bit of salt on the affected area to help absorb any excess fluid. DO NOT AGITATE A WINE STAIN. Water damage is almost sure to happen at some stage. The best way to treat a water spill is to dry it out as soon as possible. Do not use any chemicals on a water stain. If chemicals are used, these must be extracted completely to prevent damage to fabric, so it is best to have a professional conduct the cleaning.


abrics – fibre or synthetic – are common elements in the interior of a vessel. Cleaning fabrics can be conducted in two ways: steam (wet) cleaning or dry (solvent) cleaning. Steam cleaning is best used on any synthetic or wool products. It uses high heat, agitation, and chemicals to clean the surface. Dry cleaning uses chemicals and agitation only.

If you already have a brown stain on your upholstery due to water, place a slightly damp white tea towel over the area, and leave to dry. This process will have to be repeated a couple of times to see an effect, but it is a safe and easy way to get rid of water marks. Leather and vinyl are great on boats (if treated correctly) as they repel moisture rather than absorb it. The drawback is that marks and stains are easily visible. Further, the damage that occurs is usually more severe than on other material.

Leather needs more attention than synthetic material, but if looked after properly, it can have a lifespan that is as long (if not longer) as synthetics. Leather does not like water to pool or “rest” on it. Dry off water as soon as it comes on furniture. If your leather was treated correctly and the treatment has not worn off, there should be no lasting effects to a spill on leather. That being said, leather should be treated regularly. Some over-the-counter products are fine as long as they are used regularly and correctly. Make sure these products are both water-resistant and UVprotective. Cleaning is best left to a professional as the cleaning process will strip off any protection and the chemicals used can damage the leather. Vinyl is great for outside use. It is tough and durable. It is generally treated the same as leather. The only difference is the protection needed must contain a softening agent and have very high sun-protection properties. Marks on both leather and vinyl are best treated with a damp cloth and a bit of leather cleaner. Only treat the affected area and apply a protection layer when the area is dry. You will remove the protection layer if you clean the area so keep it as small as possible. If you do not keep good quality cleaners and protection products handy, the best practice is to leave it alone and get a professional to clean and protect your leather upholstery. Feel free to call for advice. Mobile: 0484312966

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horeline has recently been appointed as an authorized BRP Sea-Doo dealer for Queensland. Conveniently located between the Gold Coast and Brisbane on the very popular Moss Street in Springwood, the new dealership is owned by Patrick O’Keeffe and his sons, Jordan and Thaine. Already having the existing Wave Runner dealership on the street for some years, the family are thrilled to expand their services. The future looks bright for these highly motivated guys. Jordan says, “It really is exciting times for us. I have always envisioned offering our customers a one-stop destination for all things personal watercraft. When the opportunity came to work

with BRP, we knew we could turn that dream into a reality. The timing has also worked out perfectly with Sea-Doo releasing the new ST3 platform."

One of Shoreline’s many areas of expertise is setting craft up for PWC fishing, the sport fast growing in popularity worldwide.

The ST3 is a revolutionary new hull design that is taking the industry by storm. It has advanced stability, ergonomics, and an innovative new front access storage system.

To combat challenges PWC anglers face and improve safety, the team have many solutions, from GPS/fish finder, double battery systems and radio installations, to some of their own innovative products, like fibreglass Tubbys and long range fuel tanks.

Jordan invites all Sea-Doo enthusiasts to visit the shop. "Come through and meet the team. We have a great atmosphere here. You can view the full line-up of new Sea-Doo PWCs and a wide range of accessories, spares and care products. Have a friendly chat about maintenance, and how we can ensure you have the best experience on the water."

For more information, visit the friendly and helpful team at Shoreline Sea-Doo & Can Am. Direct Number: 07 32906097

Terms and conditions apply, Please see our website for more details.




National System in place for DCVs

(Domestic Commercial Vessels) By Captain John Kavanagh, AFNI MQLS


fter consultations, delays, industry worries and political funding, the transition to a National System for Domestic Commercial Vessels has arrived. Throughout the month of June, commercial boat owners and operators transitioned from their state and territory agencies to the National System administered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). THE NATIONAL SYSTEM Years in the making, the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 (“the National Law”) was the beginning of a national system to regulate commercial vessels around Australia. The law has been in place and implemented on commercial vessels for years, but through the state and territory marine safety agencies as agents for AMSA. In Queensland, the agency is Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ). Moving forward, the same laws will apply, with the same standards and requirements. However, AMSA will be the regulator, rather than MSQ or another state or territory equivalent. Additionally, the same fees will be charged uniformly around the country. WHO DOES THIS AFFECT? Commercial boat owners and operators will need to be on the lookout for these changes and make sure that they keep up. However, all recreational vessels can continue as before with their regulation unchanged and taken care of by MSQ. WHAT IS A COMMERCIAL VESSEL? “Domestic commercial vessel (DCV) means a vessel that is for use in connection with a commercial,

governmental or research activity.” There are some exceptions and exemptions, including when the vessel is owned by a school, or community group. WHEN WILL THINGS CHANGE? Here in Queensland you will find that MSQ had effectively “powered down” on DCV services earlier. To use certificates of competency as an example, the final date to book in with MSQ for an assessment was 11 May 2018, but AMSA had not offered this service before 1 July 2018. In any case, for regional Queensland, the transition began in the first week of June, and for Brisbane the transition occurred in the 3rd week of June, with every service transitioned by 1 July 2018. OUTREACH Perhaps the concern that is not yet realized is the possible difficulties that may be encountered making contact with services. Only a small percentage of commercial boat owners are collected in the capital cities. Fishermen make up a large amount of DCVs and they are, by the nature of their work, regional. MSQ have 13 regional offices in Queensland, while AMSA have only 19 offices nationwide. AMSA Connect is the central contact centre for AMSA and will be fielding all DCV enquiries. In addition, Australia Post is on board as a shopfront for submitting applications. FUNDING The National System will operate with full cost recovery through a levy determined by the size of the vessel. This came as a shock to many commercial boat owners as previously certain

states had heavily subsidised their marine services. In December last year, the federal government announced that they would be contributing a funding package of $102.4 million to support the transition to the National System. This money will be used to subsidize the National System levy over 10 years. Part of the funding package is the promise that no levy will be payable by DCV operators in the first year. The levy will be introduced in the second year and will gradually increase year by year until the 10th year when the fees will be without subsidy and will settle at the 100% cost payable into the future. CERTIFICATES OF SURVEY The regulation and maintenance of certificates of survey are also set to change. Depending on the category that your vessel falls within, different frequencies of survey are required in order to maintain the certificate of survey. Since late May 2018, AMSA has been contacting owners directly to explain how these changes will impact certificate holder. If you haven’t been contacted and are uncertain, it is advised that you contact AMSA. PROACTIVE COMPLIANCE AMSA have professed that their method moving forward will be to focus on education and working in collaboration with owners, operators, and crew. There is a promise for increased safety programs and campaigns that will be targeted to the support that is required, developed in response to industry requests and concerns. This proactive, rather than reactive, approach makes for a promising future for regulation in Australia.

• Are you buying/selling/chartering a boat or maritime business? • Do you need help with risk assessments, audits, regulatory compliance and licensing and registration advice? • Do you need marine incident & pollution support? • Are you facing maritime commercial or crewing disputes? Capt John Kavanagh AFNI MQLS

1300 797 627


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Photo by John Groom



DIECON MARINE HEAT EXCHANGER SERVICE Minimise downtime and avoid expensive repairs

Macleay Island, South East Queensland - A D9050-B 3-cylinder Kubota marine engine suffers significant corrosion to the heat exchanger. The cause? The heat exchanger had never been serviced. It is recommended that marine heat exchangers are serviced every 6 to 9 months. As our client found out, not doing so can result in a lengthy and costly restoration. Luckily for the owners, we, at Redback Diecon, were able to remove the seized bundle with the help of a few tools and specialised chemicals, refurbishing their old unit and delivering huge savings! We initiated our “Priority Case Action Policy” as the customer needed the repair finished and put back in the water within 72 hours. Redback Diecon began the restoration on the housing by welding new end caps and hose fittings, and replacing the filler neck radiator cap. We then manufactured a new tube bundle using the original drawings. The housing and tube was then tested using our testing rigs at 25 PSI for 5 minutes to ensure there were no leaks around the new cap welds. The housing passed the testing, and then went on to be painted with a red oxide undercoat. After 3 days of restoration, the client was able to pick up the repaired heat exchanger and was delighted with the results. “I am pleased with the quality and service that Redback Diecon have provided for us.” Redback Diecon manufacture Diecon Heat Exchangers to original drawings and specifications. We have the ability to reverse-engineer (re-manufacture), service, and repair a huge selection of other brands of heat exchanger, including CAT, Cummins, Volvo, Detroit, MTU, Yanmar, Volvo, MAN, Mercruiser, Westerbeke, Kohler, Ford, Perkins and Chrysler, to name a few. To arrange a service on your heat exchanger or for urgent repair, contact Mick Flynn or Travis Blair on (07) 5597 0871 or visit our website





MAGNETIC COMPASS By Capt Paul Matthews


bit of history: the magnetic compass or a simple version of the compass was used during the Chinese Han Dynasty and the Song Dynasty over 2000 years ago. Since then, mariners have navigated the oceans of the world utilising this very basic instrument! It has proven to be a reliable navigational tool right up to the present day. During the last century, other instruments have become more user-friendly, such as the gyro compass which points to true north, and recently the satellite compass, which relies on satellites for information and also points to true north. The magnetic fluxgate compass, which uses the earth’s magnetic field for direction, is also used with automatic pilots and works in a very limited magnetic field. The gyro, the satellite and fluxgate compasses are reliant on electrical power to make them work. This, among other reasons, is where the magnetic compass has the advantage; it does not rely on an external power sauce. The magnetic compass does have a disadvantage: it points to magnetic north, not true north. If any magnetic material or instrument is placed within an area of around 2.0 ft (60 cm) from its location, it will effect the instrument’s accuracy, depending on what the material or instrument is. On one hand, aluminium, fibreglass and wooden boats are less affected by the earth’s magnetic field passing through them and the local magnetism caused by the boats’ own magnetic effect. On the other hand, steel and reinforced concrete vessels are more liable to have greater errors to compensate for and therefore require extra compensators to correct the compass successfully. How do you fix this problem? One has only to apply a small calculation for it to read true north. To make the magnetic compass accurate and perform properly, it has to first be placed in the fore and aft line of the boat. If it can be mounted on the centreline of the boat, it can be aligned with the bow of the vessel. This is the preferred position. If this is not possible, then the compass should be placed either side of the centreline but must be parallel to the centreline of the vessel. This alignment is most important as the compass will have a permanent error in it if it is not aligned properly in the fore and aft line of the boat. Final adjustment to the magnetic compass can be achieved by built-in corrector magnets (compensators) being adjusted. This can be done by the owner, or preferably, by a licensed compass adjuster who will check, adjust and supply a 70

certificate of deviations for the vessel. The only errors to be applied to the magnetic compass are (A) variation and (B) deviation. These are combined to give the total correction to obtain the true course. Both of the above errors can be easily dealt with. Firstly, variation is depicted on the chart for your area and is reasonably constant for the Gold Coast, which is around 11 degrees “east”, which is a plus(+). If the compass has no deviation, then the magnetic course is what the compass is showing, and the true course is + 11 degrees. Simple! If, however, your compass has “known deviations” (a table of deviations for every 10 degrees of heading), this additional error is applied, plus or minus, to the variation, and then applied to the magnetic course to provide the true course. All the above sounds very off-putting, but if the compass is compensated correctly to within 1 or 2 degrees it will not be necessary to make any mathematical calculations unless you are working off a chart. If your chart plotter is set to magnetic, then your compass should be reading close to that heading remembering that the plotter is giving “course over the ground” and your compass is giving the “direction of the boat’s head”. What is the difference between the two, one may ask. The course over the ground is the result of the effect of wind and current that is acting on the boat, which is not necessarily the way the bow of the boat is pointing.

The cheapest and most reliable is the magnetic compass. (See Picture) The normal modern boat compass can be purchased from $100 to around $1000 depending on the size and type required for the vessel for which it is intended. This is a whole lot cheaper than a gyro compass ($6000-$20,000) or the latest satellite compasses ($5000-$7000+).

One of the most common instruments used today on all types of recreational boats is the chart plotter. Unfortunately, it does not give one the direction of the boat’s fore and aft line, contrary to what most boat owners think. A chart plotter will provide the vessel’s direction over the ground or “course made good”, but this is not necessarily the direction of the boat’s head or fore and aft line. It is only the compass input of a compass that will do this, and a magnetic compass is preferred. (Unless the plotter has the ability to use an input from more than one GPS, such plotters are very expensive!) The compass shows the “direction” of the boat’s fore and aft line at all times, even at anchor. And this is a very good reason for having a reliable magnetic compass on one's vessel. Capt Matthews is a Master Class 1 (retired) and a licensed compass adjuster (member, ACAA). For any further advice on compasses or other nautical matters, please phone 0417 781 443.

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SPEED LIMITS & BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT STRATEGY old Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) released G the Speed Limits and Behaviour Management Strategy 2018-2020 in March 2018 following extensive

consultation, and it has received positive feedback from across the community. The Strategy contributes to GCWA’s objective of shining a spotlight on Gold Coast waterways so they become something that residents, visitors and commercial operators can use, understand, respect, protect, enhance and enjoy as much as the region’s beaches. A key part of achieving this vision involves responsibly setting maximum speed limits for locations within the waterways network that accommodates the Gold Coast’s rapidly increasing level of water traffic and congestion, to address resilience and specific waterways issues or problems; and at the same time, understand the importance of transport efficiency for water traffic for the effective management of the waterways. Boating activity on Gold Coast waterways is growing steadily, with over 12% of Queensland’s recreational boats now located within the Gold Coast region. Based on the most recent statistics available from Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), there are now more than 32,000 recreationally registered boats and almost 700 domestic commercial vessels in the Gold Coast

local government area. These statistics reinforce the importance of seeking a balanced solution for speed limits and a necessity to promote responsible operations of vessels on our waterways. The Strategy is a guiding framework for responsibly managing speed limits across Gold Coast waterways into the future. It is the next stage in a longer-term process that has actively sought community views through consultations undertaken in 2014 and 2016 that looked at the way speed limits are set, monitored and managed on the Gold Coast. The most recent consultation saw around 1,200 submissions and resulted in four main recommendations: • Promotion of a focus on wash • Support for ‘keeping it simple’ by retaining a 3-zone system • A focus on user behaviour and looking at the role of education versus enforcement • Removal of unnecessary 6-knot areas where safe to do so. The first two changes were introduced in March at Paradise Point and Crab Island. The first was a new trial 6-knot speed limit for all vessels near Paradise Point. This is to assist enforcement by Gold Coast Water Police and Queensland

Boating and Fisheries Patrol in targeting the problem of speeding jet skis and speed boats. The second was a new 6-knot speed limit for vessels 8 metres and over near Crab Island to address the problem of damaging wash caused by larger vessels in this area during sailing activities. In May, the next two changes were implemented. The third change was a new speed limit of 6 knots for all vessels in McCoys Creek at Coomera to target the specific problem of damaging wash within this confined waterway, and is consistent with the go-slow area for the nearby Moreton Bay Marine Park. Fourth on the list was a new trial 6-knot speed limit for vessels 8 metres and over at Jacobs Well to target the specific problem of damaging wash from larger vessels within the buoy mooring area of this busy waterway. The fifth and final change was introduced at the end of June, and is for a trial period of one year in the South Arm of the Coomera River. Vessels less than 8 metres will be able to travel at 40 knots and the current 6 knots limit will remain in place for vessels 8 metres and over. This change targets the specific problem of damaging wash caused by the speed of larger vessels navigating the area, while providing improved transport efficiency for smaller vessels that generally create less energy wash when travelling at higher speeds. A vessel’s speed, the extent of its wash, and compliance with relevant rules and regulations all fall within the control of the vessel’s master. GCWA recognises the heavy obligations that rest on all vessel masters to operate their vessels in the waterways safely, including the observance of courteous behaviour towards other waterway users and being mindful of the impact of damaging wash. GCWA will review and assess the success or otherwise of any trial changes, at the conclusion of the period and then make a decision to either permanently fix the speed limits or roll them back. You can read GCWA’s Speed Limits and Behaviour Management Strategy in full, including details of the changes on their website at

Sustain | Enhance | Promote

An update from Gold Coast Waterways Authority.. Speed Limits

Shoal Reporting App

Completing ‘missing links’

After extensive consultation, the Speed Limits and Behaviour Management Strategy 2018-2020 was released in early March 2018.

The GC Waterways Shoal Reporting application is a free smart phone application that enables the general public to report areas of possible shoaling.

We are enhancing the waterways to give greater amenity to residents, visitors and businesses through improving safe navigational access.

The first four of the five initial proposed speed limit changes are in effect with the final change to come into effect by the end of June.

Shoaling reports (including the location, date and time) will be used for planning and maintenance purposes by GCWA.

The new speed limits complement both the general safety obligation and the Collision Regulations, and will assist enforcement by Gold Coast Water Police and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol in the respective areas.

These reports, in conjunction with our Hydrographic Survey program, will be used to identify priority areas that require investigation and to inform our dredging projects as part of our Waterways Management Program.

One way that we are doing this is through completion of the missing links in the network. We've recently established navigational buoys on the western side of the Broadwater, opening up the 'Western Channel' for small vessels. It's just one of the Strategic Objectives of the 10 year Waterways Management Strategy for Gold Coast waterways.

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he Tweed River is a beautiful river to ski on. It has many bends and turns, which can be challenging even for the expert classes. And there are also a few straights that can make racing very competitive. Nathan Walker, long term member of Tweed River Water Ski Club (TRWSC), has been skiing on the river since he was a child. He shares his passion for the sport and the many challenges and joys that come with running a club and hosting boat-towing events. TRWSC EAST COAST SKI RACING SERIES The TRWSC has a broad calendar of activities ranging from social water skiing, ski racing, wakeboarding, barefooting, family fun days, cometry days, coaching clinics, and inter-club days with other water ski clubs on the east coast. The club also runs the East Coast Ski Racing Series, this yearly series consisting of four Water-Ski Races held in locations throughout the Northern Rivers region. The first race is the Nev Wilson Memorial Ski Classic held in July on the Tweed River, then the Susan Island Ski Race in Grafton on the Clarance River in September, followed by Coraki Assault on the Richmond River in October, and then the Craig Shepherd Memorial in Coraki in March. Every ski race caters for all skiing abilities, ranging from absolute beginner ski racers to the elite, with classes of Next Gen, Sub Juniors, Juniors, Novice, Women’s, Social 60 and 70 MPH, Masters and Unlimited Inboards and Outboards. This competition is tailored toward grassroots ski racing, and encourages whole family participation. Skiers can only use social race skis up to 70inches long and ski rope lengths of 140ft, which help to lower speeds and enhance safety.

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This series is great fun and an economical way to ski race. It is also a great entry point into the exciting sport of water ski racing. The club always invites new entrants into the sport, and strives to promote the recreational boating use of the river region and encourages water skiing as a family sport. The event’s motto is “Fast Family Fun”. ANNUAL NEV WILSON MEMORIAL SKI RACE The two-day event was started in 2000 in honour of Neville Wilson, a prominent member of the TRWSC, and a campaigner for leukemia research, who was known for his long-distance ski efforts, including conquering the Murray River. Neville eventually succumbed to cancer. The race's main focus continues to raise money to support local charities. The excitement is always high and participation is strong, as the Nev Wilson event is the first race of four in the East Coast Race Series where each race is part of a points series. So it is important for those competitive teams to be part of each race. The event has attracted an average of 25-30 boats per year; at its peak there has been 43 boats involved in the race. The boats and teams travel afar from places further north such as Toowoomba and Bundaberg in Queensland, and from down south from Coffs Harbour in NSW. There are also many local boats from the Tweed region, Gold Coast and around Moreton Bay. Like most team sports, coordinating time to train can often be the biggest challenge. Most teams will train leading up to the event, and will have regular on-water training session to fine-tune their skills. The boats vary in capabilities, with a 22ft powerboat with twin turbo inboard V8 as the largest boat competing, and a 15ft tunnel deck outboard as the smallest. Some outboards are factory highperformance engines, while others are made up of custom components. The competition attracts all ages, from two-year old Sebastian Arandale who is involved in the Next Generation kids ski event, to several team competitors in their 70s who are water skiers, boat drivers and important observers. Peter Monger, a long-standing member of the club and a club committee member for many years, was one of the first competitors in the Nev Wilson event, and is still competing today. While there is only one official ladies-only race, women can compete across the other events.

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The event is a challenge to organise, as it involves the coordination among waterways, council, local and commercial river operators. Every year, all agencies and stakeholders seem to come together to ensure the high-octane thrills of ski racing in a picturesque and technically challenging course runs smoothly. SAFETY IS PRIORITY - RACESAFE H2O SYSTEM To keep racing at its safest, the race boats require scrutiny from judges prior to each event, checking that equipment is in good condition. All boats must comply with waterways rules and carry fire extinguishers, bailing buckets, kill switches, paddles, flags, while inboard drivers and observers must wear fire suits. The skiers wear fluorescent-orange safety helmets, and fluorescent buoyancy race suits, with many fitted with arm restraints and neck restraints. Their skis are fitted with fluorescent orange stickers that make them easily visible in the water. The boat safety crew should wear approved life jackets, helmets and also carry medical and safety flags to alert other race teams, and course boats in case of an incident. The event utilises the RaceSafe H2O race safety monitoring system, which is an innovative vessel-tovessel satellite tracking and communication system used to transmit hazard warnings via in-vessel units. All of this latest technology is used to automatically transmit these warnings and vessel status data from one boat to another, and to Race Control as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is constantly being observed by Race Control to monitor speed, location and direction of boats on the course. Being fully automated there is little input required from crew, leaving them to focus on the important task at hand. Instant and automatic detection of hazards reduces reaction and lead times to provide fast response to those in need without the usual confusion surrounding an incident. Along with RaceSafe’s cutting-edge safety features, the technology allows accurate vessel tracking throughout an event and full timing capability. On 28 July 2018, the race starts at 12pm from the river banks of Tumbulgum, and Sunday’s race starts at 8.30am from the Murwillumbah rowing club through to the Fingal Harbour. The harbour is a great location to bring the family down to watch the boats roar past the finish line. If you are interested in entering contact the Tweed River Water Ski Club


TWEED RIVER WATERSKIERS FIGHT FOR FUTURE The ski club was formed in 1985 in the picturesque village of Tumbulgum, located on the banks of the Tweed River. The main objective of the club back then was to actively use the river so as to prevent the closure of sections of the Tweed River to water skiing and bare footing. Fast-forward to the present day, local councilors are proposing a ban of power boats on the Tweed River. If passed, it will have social and economic losses for local families, businesses and visitors alike. The social and economic impacts of restricting boating activity in particular areas will directly impact tourism revenue generated by these activities, which make a significant contribution to local and regional economies. The club is the peak organisation from which water skiers, wake boarders, bare footers, and all towed water sports enthusiasts make their voice heard in relation to issues on the Tweed River to ensure the river remains open for towed water sports, now and into the future. To achieve this goal, the club works closely with NSW Maritime (RMS) and the Tweed Shire Council. (Special thanks to Abbey Walker for providing the photos and technical editing for this story)

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"A land bridge connected Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) to Kombumerri country (Southport) and Goories also came in canoes to Minjerribah trading bunya for eugarie, amongst other things." - History Life and Times of Robert Anderson, Gheebelum, Ngugi, Mulgumpine


t was after reading this line quoted above, that Gold Coast author Benjamin Allmon realised he knew nothing of the Indigenous maritime history of his home, the land of the Saltwater People, so he embarked on a voyage of discovery that led him further than he ever expected. “The Bundjalung, Yugambeh, and Quandamooka were accomplished seafarers with complex maritime routes plied by bark and dugout canoe (gundal) – the former for short trips, the latter for longer voyages like the one described in Anderson’s book. The bark canoe in particular illustrates how to sustainably take what you need from your environment - the bark is removed, but the tree remains alive and over time new bark grows,” explains Benjamin. “Very few still possess this knowledge – thanks to veteran paddler Mark Matthews I met Bundjalung canoemaker Kyle Slabb, who does. We quickly


realised that this was more than just an opportunity for a whitefella to engage and educate himself – it was a chance to ensure cultural continuity in the next generation of Saltwater People,” continues Benjamin. They decided to document the experience in a film, a book, and an exhibit of amazing photographs. They collaborated with award-winning filmmaker Jeff Licence and renowned photographer David Kelly to document their epic 70km, three-day sea journey following an ancient First Nations maritime trade route in traditional canoes. The result: The Saltwater Story. The book launch, photo exhibit and film showing were held at the Home of the Arts on 18 June 2018. The experiences of each one who is part of The Saltwater Story are now etched in history for everyone to enjoy and re-live. It is hoped that the thirst for discovery and knowledge will continue for generations to come.

The Saltwater Story is a story of connection – not just between the Bundjalung-Yugambeh people and the Quandamooka people, but also between generations, between black and white, between land, sky and sea. It is a story of collaboration – whether it is made from bark or dugout, no one makes a canoe alone. It is a story of co-operation – the paddlers must work together if they are to get anywhere in these shark-infested waters. And it is a story of continuance – of ancient knowledge now held by just a few, of ensuring that tomorrow’s elders are brought along for the journey today. The Saltwater Story is a book authored by Benjamin Allmon. It is also a documentary film by Jeff Licence. The book and the DVD are available for purchase at

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By Narayan Pattison

Tourism and Events Queensland

After 32 years spent running the Stradbroke Flyer, John Groom has seen it all. He has ferried more than 10 million people to North Stradbroke Island during his career. But it is the personal stories of saving troubled boaties, and helping bring babies into the world, that are most memorable for him.


oaties getting into trouble in their tinnies on Moreton Bay was a common occurrence in the 1990s and 2000s, according to John. “People were always getting themselves into strife. We have helped more boaties than I can count over the years. Unfortunately, because the bay is so big, people are not always recovered in time. Two days later we spot their bodies floating. So, I tie a life jacket to them, call the police and say, ‘This one is yours. That is not my job.’” But it is not always tragic. John recalls how they have saved a man and his son. “Many years ago we were coming back from the island. It was just before dawn and we were half-way across the bay. It was still mostly pitch black and one of the passengers comes up to me and says, ‘Johnno,


have they put a new beacon out there towards Saint Helena? Something is bobbing out in the water over there.’ I was squinting and could only just see it. I was not sure what it was, but since we were running a few minutes ahead of schedule, I decided to go over and have a look. Eventually when we were about 200m away, we realised it was a bloke in the water. I pulled up beside him and one of the passengers leans out of the boat and says, ‘G’day. You swim out here often?’ Surprisingly, although the guy was barely keeping his head above water, it was his four-year old son on his back that was making it really hard! “It turns out they had gone fishing first thing in the morning. After hitting a big wave, they were tossed overboard, but their boat kept going, heading off towards Victoria Point. Back then the bay was a lot closer community, and we had heard the local pro fisherman, Warren Whitehall, was over that way. So I called Warren to explain about the people we had picked out of the bay, and asked if he had seen their empty boat screaming around. ‘Johnno, I know exactly where that boat is, because I am sitting in it right now.’ I said that was great news and asked if it just came up next to his boat. ‘Yeah, you could say that. It is in the wheelhouse with me now’. Turns out it had punched a hole in the side of his boat while he was having a cup of tea. Warren was perfectly calm. He said he did not even put down his cuppa. He just leaned over and turned off the ignition. “For a couple of years after that, we always got a Christmas card and a thank you from the gentleman we saved. I often think about how lucky it was we saw the shadow in the distance. 10 minutes more and he would have been a goner. Those are the really nice things we get to do. They stay with you,” John reminisces. “Thankfully we do not see anywhere near as many boaties in trouble these days. I think maybe they have smartened up and have better training now. At least they know which side of the channel to pass on,” chuckles John. One element that does make Moreton Bay particularly challenging to navigate is the way the sand banks shift around. “Unless you can honestly admit you have done some seaweed

gardening with your propeller, then you really do not know the bay. The sand banks move around throughout the year, and the guys in charge of the beacons cannot keep up with the shifting sand, especially around Amity Point. Just because there is a beacon, there does not mean there is enough water there, especially at the bottom of the tide.” John says that, often these days, he sees people from the Gold Coast who have bought their first Riviera getting into trouble. They are pushing the pedal to the metal, and he normally finds them smashed into the first sand bank, coming out of the channel. “I remember I was heading past Wave Break Island, going towards Surfers in the late afternoon. I was in my Calypso boat, which is nine meters across, so the lights are nice and wide. I saw this boat heading straight towards us, and he was really powering along. I was concerned, so I slowed down a bit. The deckhand next to me was saying, ‘Oh crap, he is still heading right at us.’ So, I ended up coming to a complete stop. But he was still coming towards us! I blasted the horn and turned all the spotlights on. Finally, that got the message across and he pulled up beside us and says, ‘I am really sorry. I just saw the red and green lights and I was trying to go between them.’ The poor guy thought my boat was the channel beacons! And he was stone-cold sober! Talk about crazy!” John, and his brother Alan, operate four boats for their Stradbroke Flyer business, but only one is needed to maintain the normal ferrying service to the island. This enables them to charter out the other boats for plenty of special events, ranging from weddings on Tangalooma to ‘doof doof’ parties at McLarens Landing. Out of all the weddings their boats have been used for, the one that stands out most for John was a Goth wedding on South Straddie. “Their outfits were immaculate. I remember the bride’s bright red dress was stunning. The bit that got us though was their vows. They did the vows, with the bride, groom and best man, all hanging from a tree. They used six big fish hooks each, driven into their backs. At least they took the barbs off the fish hooks, but still there was blood everywhere. It was definitely not your typical wedding.” JULY - SEPT 2018

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From the scores of boaties he has saved, to the handful he was not able to, and all the crazy stories in between, it is fair to say John has seen pretty much everything on the water. It is clear though that helping bring new babies into the world is always a special moment. “When mothers are going into labor on the ferry, I am always faced with choosing between two tough options: Do I put the hammer down and go really fast, but hit all the bumps and bounce mum around, or do I take it slow and steady, giving her a better ride, but risking the baby being born on the boat? It is always a 50/50 gamble. Often, I try to go slow and have the passengers try and distract her and keep her calm. When I can hear the screams up in my wheelhouse though, I can tell it is getting very serious and I normally have to floor it. We have had three mums only make it to the car park and deliver their baby right there in the ambulance. There is no time to go anywhere. Those babies are not waiting for anyone.” Stradbroke Island and Moreton Bay have changed a lot in the three generations the Groom family have been operating their ferries. Back in 1985, there was no tourism at all. Sand mining was the main business on Stradbroke and the only transport was the mining company’s barge. “My parents saw


Stradbroke’s tourism potential. They started with just one boat doing a couple of runs a day. The ’80s was a struggle. We were working 15-16 hours a day, seven days a week. For 10-12 years I do not think we had a day off. It was always the same day, over and over,” according to John. Thankfully, the Groundhog Day-style daily grind eased in the 90s as the business grew and enabled the purchase of three new boats. The ferry service now shifts just under half a million passengers a year across the bay to Stradbroke. In spite of the size of the business, John has kept it family operated. He and his brother, along with their wives, manage the close-knit 15-person business. It is his family’s determination to keep the ferries running in any weather that has been the key to its success. “We are just a small family business competing against multinationals, but we are not deterred. We just keep providing service no matter what. On the other hand, the big guys stop running when the wind gets up to 30 knots. Maybe their drivers complain when their coffee cups fall out of their holders? I have never understood it, to be honest. The bay does get very choppy in the wind, but we just take it in our stride and keep ploughing on,” John says proudly.

A TREASURE TROVE OF ANCIENT WETLANDS How many times have you been on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), or have sailed past it? With popular anchorages around it and interesting destinations on the island itself, one would not even think about the history it holds, and its value to our future. Environmental researchers have uncovered a wealth of information about this island that offers never-before-seen insights into climate change since the last ice age. "There are more wetlands on North Stradbroke Island dating to the last ice age than anywhere else in Australia," says project leader Dr John Tibby, acting head of the Department of Geography, Environment and Population at the University of Adelaide. "The persistence of these wetlands suggests that for much of the past 40,000 years, and for perhaps much longer, the local environment has remained relatively moist.” Darren Burns, traditional owner, and Land and Sea manager of Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, says, "This evidence represents and confirms the resources that no doubt the Quandamooka People would have had to enable them to live continually on the Island." (Excerpts from news94782.html) The mangroves and saltmarshes of Australia provide roosting and feeding sites for over 30 species of shorebirds, many of which fly annually over 10,000 km to Siberia and Alaska along the East Asian Australasian Flyway. Mangroves and coastal wetlands annually sequester carbon at a rate two to four times greater than mature tropical forests and store three to five times more carbon per equivalent area than tropical forests. Most coastal carbon is stored in the soil, not in aboveground plant material as is the case with tropical forests. (Source:



Beyond whale-watching season

humpbacks By Olaf Meynecke


he 2017 whale season was a busy time for the 58 volunteers of Humpbacks & High-rises (HHR). For 120 days from June to November, HHR volunteers surveyed 623 individual whales over 250 survey hours. We also observed a minimum of 290 dolphins on 49 occasions, four hammerhead sharks, two unidentified sharks, and nine turtles. In the past seven years, HHR surveyed 2,939 individual humpback whales describing in detail their behaviour, movement and conditions. Around 230 trained volunteers have collected data over a period of 580 survey days and 919 survey hours. More than 75,000 images of whales provide a photographic database and allowed the extraction of 4,800 fluke images. These images are used to identify individual humpback whales. The data are being analysed for trends such as location where animals are sighted, their behaviour, and any signs of injuries or sickness. We can then put forward to the government any concerns or changes that are needed to protect the whales and dolphins better. All volunteers have to attend a training seminar before they can jump on board. They are each provided with a survey kit that is fitted with an iPad, binoculars, stopwatch, camera, and GPS unit. Data are being recorded during the whale-watch trip and then entered into an app on the iPad. All volunteers are rostered for each month. We had an average of 50 volunteers each season, and some have come from various countries. We are also supported by a number of whale-watch cruise operators, such as the Spirit of the Gold Coast, Whales in Paradise, and Whale Watching Gold Coast. Some of the 2017 highs and lows include the sighting of Migaloo during his northern and southern

migration, dwarf minke whales, southern right whales, killer whales, and false killer whales. We also had the highest number of stranded humpback whales on record on the east coast of Australia. This is reflected by five newborn humpback whale calves that died within a few weeks on the Gold Coast, six whales that were entangled in shark nets, and five stranded in the local waters. From August until October last year, we have recorded a high number of mother-calf pairs to the north and south of the Seaway, and particularly in the morning, these animals would cross the Seaway entrance. We witnessed a twin-hull recreational fishing boat, driving at full speed, getting airborne when it collided with a female humpback whale. The whale sustained injuries but continued its journey south with its calf, and the vessel stopped and then continued as well. This situation could have easily resulted in a deadly accident. We have warned that collisions with whales cannot be ignored and need to properly managed in the Gold Coast waters. The area is a resting and emerging calving ground and we have very high boat traffic density in the region. There are clear and strict regulations in place such as, keeping a 100m distance from whales at six knots, and if there are already more than three boats in the area, the distance of the other boats should be 300m. It is important to use common sense. If there are many boats in the area, the underwater noise is high and the whales may not know exactly where each vessel is. Driving slow when whales are sighted in the distance and keeping a steady course will help to avoid collisions. We often see boats or jet skis turning and doing circles as well as following the whales closely. This can be disturbing for the whales and makes it difficult for the animal to locate the position of the vessel.

Photos by HHR

In 2017, during our surveys, there have been 12 reported negative responses by whales and 22 breaches of regulations by watercraft. A dredge that was in operation for four months during the whale season also caused reason for concern. Initial survey results suggested avoidance behaviour in areas where the dredge was operating. Whale behaviour and dolphin behaviour can be very complex. They are highly intelligent marine animals and their next move is not always predictable. But we can learn a lot about them just by watching them swim around boats and how they interact with the boats and with each other. Everyone should take the time and put a little effort into trying to understand these amazing creatures. We all would like to be able to share the ocean with them in the future. Humpbacks & High-rises is a community based not for profit organisation dedicated to the research and protection of marine mammals, running Southeast Queenslandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest marine mammal monitoring program for the past seven years from the Gold Coast. To participate and help collect data, visit Rules for Watching Marine Mammals:


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Sailing on theBroadwater A VISITOR’S PERSPECTIVE

A very enthusiastic visitor from the Whitsundays, who runs his own boat charter business, makes us take a second look at the beautiful Gold Coast waterways that we may take for granted at times.


ith 260 kilometres of navigable waters that include the Broadwater and the extensive canal systems and 57 kilometres of coastline, the Gold Coast is a natural destination for boating. The Broadwater, rivers and creeks of the Gold Coast are host to various water activities. When John Linton, owner of Portland Boats in the Whitsundays, visited the Gold Coast, he experienced something beyond his expectations. “When you own and operate a bare-boat charter company in the Whitsundays, a boat charter is either the first or the last thing you wish to do when on holidays yourself. So when my family and I were visiting on the Gold Coast, I was not really sure about going on a boat when I was not the skipper. But it was my family’s final decision to join a sail charter on the Broadwater that made me go.” They joined a sailing charter on the Sunbird Cruises, a Seawind 1000 run by a father-and-son team, Darren and Hayden Summerville. “Being in the industry myself, it was so refreshing to see Darren and Hayden truly enjoying what they do. They were both professional, informative and great fun,” says John.

By Roselle Tenefrancia The cruise sailed past the Seaway and Wave Break Island, and headed north to South Stradbroke Island. John only had admiration for the way the crew handled the boat. “I have never seen busier waterways, yet both skipper and deckhand handled the boat and the extra crew and passengers admirably.” He was also impressed about how close anchorages were within the city. “Now, while I’m a self-confessed sailing tragic, I was a little surprised to see the boys finding a sheltered anchorage only an hour or so into our journey.” On the Broadwater, tour operators offer diverse water activities. But while these activities are also offered individually, some tour operators provide some of these activities as part of a package, as John discovered. He exclaims, “When we anchored along South Stradbroke Island, that’s when the fun began. Out came kayaks, SUPs (stand-up paddle boards), fishing rods, tennis rackets, cricket sets, footballs, and more!” When it comes to hospitality, a visitor may be surprised to find that Gold Coast cruise operators go out of their way to provide a hearty spread to treat the guests after a fun day in the sun. And John did not miss this experience. “Coming back to the boat was the next surprise. Lunch was served. My first thought was, ‘How can they possibly feed 18 of us?’ But they did – with great chicken salad and loads to go around, and the freshest bakery rolls, and lashings of healthy food choices for everyone.”

Photos from Sunbird Cruises

For one who is also in the business of boat charters, John could have been hard to impress. He says that he is the kind of traveler who would rather skipper a hire-boat than to walk along streets lined up with restaurants. But his words about his charter experience here say it all: “It was a great day and I was not expecting to be so overwhelmed. Berthed at the marina after a cracking sail home, I did not want to leave. It was a 10/10 experience for me!” For further reading on Boating Tourism, scan the QR code, or copy and paste the link: au/the-visiting-boatieintro-to-boating-tourismon-the-gold-coast/

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By Roselle Tenefrancia

colonial sailing was introduced in Australia, the people of Torres Strait B efore Islands were already using large double outriggers with large sails, which have

been part of their culture for over 2,000 years. The English fleet who sighted these outriggers easily acknowledged the speed and capabilities of these sailing vessels.

Although the first colonial races involved the English ships’ rowing workboats back in the 1830s, the regattas grew to include sailing races, particularly in Tasmania and Sydney. From then on, other states and territories followed, placing Australia on the map of global sport sailing – from the first colonial sailing on cutters and long boats out on Sydney Harbour and up the Parramatta River held soon after the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, to the couta boats of Victoria and the ketches of Tasmania in the 1800s, to racing boats in the America’s Cup, to earning Olympic medals. Today, sailing remains very popular among sports enthusiasts, as well as among the active cruising communities all over the country and the world. A plethora of ocean races happen all-year round globally. It cannot be said, then, that the interest in sport sailing is disappearing. In 2017, Australian Sailing, the national sporting organisation (NSO) for sailing and the peak body for recreational boating at clubs in Australia, released the National Sailing Participation Census. Clubs and class associations were the main sources of data, although schools with sailing programs were also considered in the census. Here are the highlights of the 2017 Census: Total number of regular sailing participants in Australia: 175,871 Of this total: 70.3% were male and 29.7% were female; 18.3% were aged 5-12 years, 16.1% aged 13-18 years, and 65.7% aged 19 years and over. NSW had the greatest sailing participation with 48,304, followed by Victoria with 38,703, and Queensland with 35,654. The census also reported 11,563 promotional experiences in sailing in 2017. These experiences encompass regattas, discover sailing days, school programs and activities, corporate events, community organisation events, class associations events and once-off activities. A total of 11,623 people were reported to be involved in voluntary or remunerated support to sailing clubs and class associations. However, the data shows considerable reliance on volunteer contributions to keep operations viable, and to offer competitions and events, with 88.4% (10,269) volunteers, as opposed to only 11.6% (1,354) paid support personnel. 82

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About these photos by Mitchell Pearson: 2018 Bartercard Sail Paradise Series hosted by Southport Yacht Club, a record number of over 450 sailors competed in the event offshore between Main Beach and Currumbin.

While the sailing participation numbers look promising, the yacht clubs nationwide still have challenges to address. During the Marine 17 Conference, John Lee, CEO of Australian Sailing, presented on how clubs can do better to increase quality participation in sailing. He cited that the future involves the following: a timepoor population, a decline in volunteering, young people seeking thrills, and that chilling out will be a premium. The trends show that “what we play, how and why we play are changing over time”. With people increasingly becoming time-poor, health (rather than competition) is becoming a major driver for participation in sport. John Lee’s challenge: Sailing is a sport for life, and already enjoyed by older participants. How are the clubs engaging them and encouraging them to bring their friends? The sailing clubs of today have evolved from the traditional into more social and more community-based organisations, that not only embrace the advancement in technologies in sailing, but also offer inclusive, innovative and hands-on sailing experiences for the general public. Through free Discover Sailing days, crewing opportunities, partnerships with schools and sports centres, women-on-water sailing days, sailing pathways for people with disabilities, and corporate and group activities, among others, the opportunities for the public to engage in sailing are not wanting. In fact, the diversity of offerings allows for anyone – from a complete beginner to a high-performance sailor – to engage with and be part of a club. Club memberships generally range from Full to Social categories. The hope is that Social members who are exposed to the information on club activities and are welcome to be part of them, will eventually move up to become Full members. The Southport Yacht Club (SYC) offer Twilight Sailing for Social members to join in a fun race among members, by crewing for one of the members’ boats. SYC also offer several beginner courses for children and for adults depending on the boat type and skill level. The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) offer a “Come Sail Our Boats” membership package, which allow non-boat owners to join member boats. RQYS also host competitions among various participating schools from Southeast Queensland, encouraging school communities to engage in friendly sailing competitions. Aside from club activities, sailing can be enjoyed through cruising. Sailing charters – bareboat or skippered – are readily available all over Australia, and can be

very effective in encouraging interest in sailing for families, among friends and colleagues. Clubs can collaborate with local sailing charter operators to come up with projects that can increase participation in sailing, as well as encourage cruising as a recreational activity within the local community. Social media has also been an effective platform for people to be part of a sailing crew without the pressure of club membership. There are many sailors who are embarking on sailing-for-a-cause projects, such as Poppy Moore who is sailing with Scaramouch for Parkinson’s Disease awareness, and always require volunteers to be part of their crew during particular legs in their itineraries. Yacht clubs can host and sponsor these cruising sailors, and benefit from engaging the local communities in welcoming these sailors. Young people lean towards more causeoriented activities, and will be attracted to participate in programs that relate to their personal advocacies. International programs that allow paying participants to be trained as crew of racing sailboats, such as Clipper Round the World, are also helpful activities that can drive long-term participation in the sport. Lee also posed the challenge of the evolving nature of sport in today’s society. Any sport is traditionally and naturally a competitive activity. But in current times, the idea of sport has become less of a competition, and has become more of an individual health- and wellness-oriented activity. Rowing and paddling, for example, have taken a less sporty role in communities. Many people join rowing clubs for the sole purpose of socialising and keeping fit at the same time. Sailing can catch on this trend by shifting concepts from the technical aspects of competitive sailing to the health benefits of engaging the body and mind in this particular activity. Australians are recognised for being natural sporting sailors with their mastery of the harsh conditions of wind and seas. However, the winds have changed and our sailing clubs need to entice more participation from the non-sporting population. Without compromising the need to constantly evolve with the technical innovation in sport sailing, sailing groups can definitely use the changing winds of modern society to their advantage by engaging interested individuals in more recreational and meaningful sailing activities that might make them, together with their families and friends, lifelong sailors.


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elebrating 30 years of success within the maritime industry, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has drawn to a close for another year, confirming record figures for 2018. Said to be one of the biggest shows yet, SCIBS 2018 attracted more than 45,866 people through its gates across the four actioned-packed days – with visitor numbers up 10 per cent on last year’s Show. But the success didn’t stop there, as exhibitors achieved millions of dollars in sales across the Southern Hemisphere’s premier marine event. Offering a gamut of global launches, Australian premiers and Queensland debuts, world-leading marine brands congregated together for the Show’s 30th milestone edition. Ensuring there was something for everyone, SCIBS’ world-class showcase featured an extravagant on-water display of 180 boats and 275 boats on land across The Marine Village precinct, along with thousands of marine products from the industry’s greatest and live entertainment for the whole family. With more than 300 exhibitors on board, it was a successful four days for all those involved, with plans already underway for next year’s show, said SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser. “It’s been a great event. Visitor numbers are up on last year with tens of thousands of people turning out to enjoy the sunshine and the great atmosphere in The Marine Village,” he said. “Our exhibitors have benefited, with many generating major sales results and the chance to showcase their brands to tens of thousands of potential buyers. We are really pleased with the result, it’s such an important event for the marine industry, and for the local Gold Coast economy and we can’t wait to do it all again next year.” Unveiling its new X60 in a world first at SCIBS, luxury boat builder Maritimo reported its ‘best Show since pre-GFC’, with the team hitting a new SCIBS sales record. CEO Garth Corbitt said the sales rush across the four days had put Maritimo ahead of its $37 million record, with the X60 luxury sports yacht and the S70 and M70 motor yachts attracting the biggest interest. “There were multiple X60 sales following its world premiere,” he said.


Rodney Longhurst from fellow leading Australian boat-building brand Riviera said the response they received for the 395 and Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht was overwhelming. “We are happy with the interest, happy with our sales. It has been great all round,” he said. Peter Pembroke, general manager at Whitehaven and Integrity Motor Yachts, said this year's visitor numbers were "extremely strong and good quality" and had resulted in the sale of its Integrity 320 Express and 380 Sedan Models as well as great leads for both brands. The Multihull Group sold three of its Lagoon catamarans, the 42, 450Flybridge and a 62 at the Show taking home close to $5 million, while Horizon Motor Yachts Australia sold an E75 model for $5 million off the back of the model on display at SCIBS. Brett Thurley from Clipper Motor Yachts said the team sold three new Hudson Bay Clipper’s valuing more than $2 million. “This year’s Show was a step up from other years in terms of the size of the Show, new products on offer and overall positive vibe,” he said. Described as a ‘show within a show’, the new Sports, Leisure and Fishing precinct at SCIBS 2018 had something for everyone across its extensive space dedicated entirely to trailerable craft. Marking their 29th year in attendance, HiOctane Marine showcased the all-new Glastron Deck range in the new SLF precinct – securing several sales across the Show, along with 25 on-water tests in the coming weeks. Also locking in plenty of sea trials post Show, Queensland Marine Centre (QMC) noted strong interest for its new Boston Whaler models, as well as its 350 Realm and Sea Ray, while Hurricane Pontoon Boats had “a blinder” of a show with owner and boat show veteran Brett Flanagan noting it was the “best show in six years”. But it wasn’t all about the boats. Major sponsor, Bentley Brisbane, sold six new Lamborghini’s and

three of the new Bentley Continental GT, which had its Queensland debut at SCIBS. Filled to the brim with an array of marine equipment, accessories, electronics and apparel, The Main Pavilion was a crowd favourite at SCIBS 2018 showcasing brands including Furuno Australia, Simrad, Lowrance, B&G and GME as well as Raymarine, who recorded a huge response to its new Axiom product. Steve Ackerie of Stefan Boating World said SCIBS is without a doubt “the best boat show in Australia”. Joining Stefan on Masthead Way were the BRIG team, who sold most of the units on their stand, including the BRIG Eagle 10 – the first 10 metre Eagle in Queensland, a model which also piqued the interest of Gold Coast City Mayor Tom Tate. Having transformed once again into a bustling industry mecca, the atmosphere at SCIBS 2018 was "extremely positive", which helped boost sales all-round, according to dealer principal at RIB Force Inflatables Mike Orsmond. "Maritimo, Riviera and Integrity – all the big guys – all seem to have sold boats, which is good for us in their slipstream,” he said. “We sold a fair few small boats and some medium sized, but we are very happy to have some larger boats in the pipeline. SCIBS was great for us. We have a full year of work ahead of us." The 31st annual SCIBS will be held on May 23-26, 2019. JULY - SEPT 2018




Designed to be fun for everyone, while promoting responsible resource conservation and environment fishing practice. Organisers are expecting in excess of 500 entrants in the fishing competition with over $50,000 in prizes. Family focused events include a ‘Dash for Cash’, Junior Competition and children’s activities. (




A purpose-built Jetboat race track is the venue for the Australian V8 Superboats, the top class of racing in jet sprinting with the boats being unrestricted, using methanol fuel. Hosted by the Australian Formula Jet Sprint Association. (



While fishing plays a big part of the event, other boating tastes are also catered for. Water ski and wake boats, personal watercraft, family cruisers, canoes and kayaks, and more, will be plentiful. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Southbank. (



Southport Yacht Club at Main Beach will be open to all visitors, with live entertainment and family fun activities. Free discover sailing for kids and adults. Large vessels open for viewing, trailerable boats on displays, and on-water trials. 10am4pm. (



The Gold Coast’s biggest weekend of entertainment is back, featuring highoctane, action-packed Supercars racing. Drivers get set to do battle through the streets of Surfers Paradise. Free public transport is available on select services to and from the event with a pre-purchased ticket. Kids, 12 and under, receive free trackside admission with a paying adult. (


SHAG ISLET CRUISING AUG 23-26 YACHT CLUB (SICYC) RENDEZVOUS The Rendezvous is the annual gathering of members at Shag Islet situated in the Gloucester Passage in the Whitsunday Region. SICYC is a social club for yachties boasting 6,150 members and is a not-for-profit group supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. (



Celebrating the Gold Coast Flathead Classic’s 25th Anniversary. The event has grown from strength to strength and is expected to sell out, building on last year’s record numbers, with 670 competitors and 276 teams. Organisers have a goal to build on last year’s prize pool, which exceeded over $250,000. (



The show returns to Darling Harbour marina, and also occupies the entire 32,600m2 of exhibition space and the use of an elevated 5,000m2 open-air event deck at the Sydney International Convention Centre. (





This year will mark the 33rd edition of the 384-nautical mile race, starting at the Sydney Harbour and finishing off Main Beach in Southport. Southport Yacht Club is the Gold Coast host. The boats should arrive at Southport by 31st July. (








The festival of the World Parachuting Championships kicks off in Surfers Paradise from 6 October, with the Opening Ceremony at 3pm, as over 40 Nations march up Cavill Ave and on to the beach for parachute display and fireworks. The real action begins on the 7 October at Runaway Sports Super Centre where parachutists land and pack parachutes in preparation to jump again. (



Get ready for the thrill of high-octane powerboat racing in Hervey Bay. The weekend includes the chance to see the boats out of the water and meet the drivers in the pit bay, an esplanade boat parade, and fast and furious racing action out on the water. Saturday: Pole Position Shootout, noon to 1pm; Street Parade of Boats, 3:30pm. Sunday: Racing from 11am. ( | 1300 753 705 BOATGOLDCOAST.COM. AU



Cruising in the SICYC Season of Sail 2018 By Andy Kancachian


he Shag Islet Cruise Yacht Club (SICYC) is currently hosting their inaugural Season of Sail, which is a club cruise along the east coast of Australia. The concept is a long-distance sail in the company of other SICYC members, arriving at select ports of New South Wales and Queensland, where they are being hosted by local SICYC Vice Commodores, and welcomed with boating events and festivities. The ultimate destination of the sailing group is the Whitsundays for the annual SICYC Rendezvous at Shag Islet in late August. In mid-April, member boats from the ports further south converged on beautiful Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, where they were hosted by Geoff and Ellen King in cooperation with the other local Vice Commodores. They created a memorable programme of activities to introduce the group to the local waterways. There was a welcome lunch at Club Catalina with participating yachts anchored at Styles Point, followed by a lake sail to a lakeside park for a picnic BBQ lunch. The fleet then went on to anchor at Wangi Wangi. The local Vice Commodores then assisted with ground transport to shop for provisions with the crew members, as well as fuel requirements of the vessels.

Anchor Up and Party event at the Southport VMR facility


Lake Macquarie to Whitsundays

The second stage of the Season of Sail was underway with the boats travelling north to the ports of northern New South Wales, eventually reaching IIuka where they joined in the SICYC Classic Clarence Cruise on the mighty Clarence River, situated in the Northern Rivers district. Glad and Rick Smith, who provided local information and historical relevance of each landmark, hosted the six-day Clarence Cruise. The fleet stopped at townships along the extensive river, including Harwood, where the bridge was raised to allow the sailing fleet to pass. They travelled further upstream to Maclean, Lawrence, Brushgrove, and to the regional city of Grafton. On the return journey, the fleet stopped at Ulmarra before heading back to the ocean, through Yamba. By mid-May, the Season of Sail fleet had arrived on the Gold Coast and were greeted by SICYC members Debbie and Derek Anderson aboard their 46ft Sea Ranger anchored at the Marine Stadium. Debbie and Derek were awaiting the arrival of the boats to provide local assistance. In true Gold Coast style, Ronnie Lee and other local Vice Commodores threw an “Anchor Up and Party” event at the Southport VMR facility. Over 100 SICYC members were in attendance, dressed in nautical

Dressed in nautical theme for the outrageous Gold Coast event

theme for the outrageous event, where spit roast meals were served and the dance party went on into the night. In the proceeding days, the fleet made their way to Couran Cove and Southport Yacht Club’s DUX on South Stradbroke Island. The boats have been heading north, exploring various ports and anchorages along the east coast of Australia, before arriving at the Whitsundays for this year's SICYC Rendezvous. The Rendezvous will be held on 23-26 August. Around 200 vessels will converge on the waters off Montes Reef Resort and the Gloucester Resort at the location of the now famous Shag Islet. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event, with an exciting list of daily activities and evening entertainment, culminating in the “Hands Across the Blue for Prostate Cancer” on 25 August at noon. This activity sees all attendees on their dinghies assembling en masse to form the shape of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia emblem over the water. Follow the SICYC Season of Sail at shagisletcruisingyachtclub.

Harwood bridge Clarence River by Gary Ryan

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Fe s t i v a l


@ SANCTUARY COVE By Alfie Pardoe


he Gold Coast’s best wine festival is coming to Sanctuary Cove on July 28th and 29th and is not to be missed! Now on its third year and doubling in size every year, the event is gaining a strong reputation in the industry for its great location, wine loving attendees, and excellent organisation by the team behind the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Winemakers and brand ambassadors are coming to show their wares from all the best wine regions in Australia and overseas. Never before has the Gold Coast witnessed such a quality line-up of multi-awarded wineries. From Australia, we have Stuart Blackwell from St Hallett Wines in South Australia coming back to launch his new baby, The Blockhead Shiraz. This is an Australian exclusive. Be the first to try it at Winter Wine before its official release in September. Matt Wenk from Smidge Wines (SA) loves coming to Queensland. Matt is the only winemaker in the world to be listed in Wine Spectator’s TOP 100 Wines of the World, for1 ten consecutive years! He was chief winemaker at Two Hands in the Barossa Valley at the time. His wines are fantastic and he will be happy to pour you a glass or two personally. Rolf Binder will be joining Matt at Winter Wine. Rolf is a Barossa legend. In 1997, Rolf joined forces

with sixth-generation Barossans James and Jacqui Hahn, and created the JJ Hahn brand. Rolf, will pour these wines, firm favourites at Corker Cellars and extremely good value, gaining new fans, I’m sure.

Bollinger (France) are returning, as are a multitude of premium producers from Italy, Spain, Chile, Argentina, and the USA, giving Winter Wine 2018 a truly international flavour.

Henschke, Petaluma, Charles Melton, Shaw + Smith, Mollydooker, Wirra Wirra, Yalumba and D’arenburg, are but a few of the producers from South Australia making the trip.

An official Winter Wine glass can be collected at the entrance to Sanctuary Cove Marine Village, and coupons are available. They are the currency for the day to sample the most amazing array of premium wines ever assembled on the Gold Coast.

Mark Kozned from Nova Vita Wines will be pouring his award-winning wines from the Adelaide Hills, and Dru Reschke from Koonara (Coonawarra) will be on hand to share his extensive knowledge and great wines.

For all enquiries regarding Winter Wine 2018, call Alfie Pardoe 0403 347 214.

Vintage House will be focusing on organic producers such as Temple Bruer & Angoves. A 20-yr-old XO Brandy from South Australia will also be offered to taste, amazing brandy to rival Cognac. Western Australia will be well represented with Vasse Felix, Pierro, Leeuwin Estate, Woodlands and Moss Wood on hand. All rated 5 stars in Halliday’s Wine Companion. Wines from premium producers in New Zealand will be on show, with winemakers and brand ambassadors making the trip across the ditch. Expect some top-notch sauvignon blanc, pinot noir’s and chardonnay’s from this region.

SATURD AY 28 & S U N D AY 2 9 J U LY, 1 1 A M – 6 P M Visit Sanctuary Cove’s Winter Wine Festival and discover food and wine from more than 40 of the best local, national and international producers. Hear the stories behind the wines as you explore the wine trail throughout The Marine Village. Relax and unwind with product sampling, masterclasses, entertainment and more.

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Ready to take the plunge and purchase your first boat at the show? Or perhaps it’s time to trade-up and make a splash with more luxury? Here’s what you need to know about buying a boat at the boat show.

With so many different types of boats available to see at the boat show, it can be overwhelming to choose the best type of boat to suit your lifestyle and budget. Many boats are great for both inland waterways and coastal areas. Some are strictly for offshore boating. Many come with different accessories. Sometimes insurance is included for the first year or so. With many decisions to make, here are our top tips if you are intent on purchasing a boat at the upcoming show. Before the show

If you already own a boat, you probably have a good idea what it is about your current boat that you like, and what shortcomings you have discovered. Whether you are new to boating, or a seasoned skipper, firstly think about the type of boating you want to do. Fishing can be a lot different to leisure cruising, although many boats can do both. Serious fishermen love plenty of space to manipulate rods and tackle, as well as built-in ice buckets and storage bins to keep their catch fresh. But if the family is to be welcomed aboard, comfort is a factor. Think about how long guests and passengers will be joining you on board, and what type of luxury they might expect. Will you need sleeping berths for overnight adventures? Your best purchase will be primarily for the type of boat you will use most of the time, rather than something you might only choose for special occasions. There is little point in buying a boat that can carry 10 people, if you are only likely to be joined by two or three others most of the time. Make a wish list along these lines before you visit the show. A good solid checklist is a great way to ensure you will not be distracted by vessels that do not meet your criteria. This gives you more time to speak with dealers for the best advice and recommendations. 90

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It is easy to be overwhelmed. Even seasoned boat show attendees can become bewildered with the new products displayed each year. What is important to remember is that the boat show is a great place to speak with manufacturers and retailers all under the one roof. This can be a great time-saver when considering a new boat. All boats have a base model, which to some extent can then be accessorised to suit your particular preference or purpose. If you see a boat that looks ‘almost perfect’, have a chat with the exhibitor about what changes can be made to match your wish list. Exhibitors love buyers who are clear on their requirements.

A good rule of thumb when choosing an engine, for example, is to ensure the engine is at least 70% of the maximum horsepower rating of the vessel. You might save a few dollars choosing something less powerful, but it is false economy, as anything less will work the engine too hard and burn too much fuel. However, if you plan on water skiing or wake boarding, a more powerful engine would obviously be prudent. Warranties

Ask about the warranties for every boat you are considering. Warranties are valuable and should influence your decision. Some warranties are transferable, which may become a selling point if you decide to re-sell your boat when it comes time to upgrade. Find out what the warranty includes (engine, hull, components and accessories, for example) and also ask about the service you will receive if something fails. Special offers

Here is a hot tip: At the boat show, you will see plenty of ‘show specials’. Even though these are sometimes one-off deals only available for those boats purchased at the show, it is worth asking if the exhibitor will honour that price in a few weeks’ time. Chances are, the exhibitor will be very pleased to see you again at the dealership in a week or two, and have you finalise the purchase. You may have to register your interest, and leave your details with the dealer for reference. Finance

Realistically, when buying a boat, you have to consider what you can afford. Having the most suitable deal can really influence the level of pleasure you receive from owning a boat. Many

exhibitors can assist with both finance and insurance. Bundling the deal together can be advantageous as the dealer might then be able to offer other incentives, such as upgraded accessories and bonus extras. Ask about on-water tuition too, where the dealer spends some time with you launching and retrieving the boat, as well as running it on the water. As with any loan, be sure to consider the minimum repayments, the loan’s security, and any other conditions that may be applied. The boat show is full of people who have bought and sold plenty of boats, and undertaken loans many times. They are passionate about the boating lifestyle. Use their experience and knowledge to your advantage.

A good solid checklist is a great way to ensure you will not be distracted by vessels that do not meet your criteria. Research

For some, one trip to the boat show is all that is needed to choose the perfect boat. For others, further fastidious research is required before being satisfied. A little preparation before your trip to the boat show can yield big returns and greater satisfaction knowing that you have picked the perfect boat for you. Boating brochures and magazines, and online and digital resources are good sources of information. The website. includes a downloadable checklist to help you decide on the best boat to buy for your lifestyle. You will also find a calendar on that site listing all the upcoming boat shows. About the Boating Industry Association Ltd The Boating Industry Association Ltd is a not-for-profit industry organisation, which represents more than 90% of the boating industry in New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Member companies include businesses that manufacture, wholesale or retail products and services in the recreational and tourism boating sectors. BIA members adhere to a voluntary Code of Practice and Code of Ethics. In addition, the BIA is involved in responding to issues relating to the recreational use of waterways, the environment, boating safety, access and public facilities. For more information, please visit

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limited edition models

Smart and sleek, the Fleetmaster 23 (limited edition CR 2380 package) is a trend setting compact sports cruiser that turns corners – and heads. Retaining classic Whittley hallmarks, like the solid curved sliding cabin door that opens into a large V-berth cabin, the Fleetmaster 23 is built on a seagoing platform that is rugged and resilient. The variable deadrise hull provides a smooth, dry ride and affords ample storage and accommodation options. A further large storage compartment runs down the starboard side of the cockpit and forms an L-shaped lounge, which converts into a double bed and uses the dinette table as an infill. The optional moulded Targa bar acts as a mounting point for the antenna, navigation lamps, full covers and clears. A curved and tinted glass windscreen is enhanced with a standard-issue wiper, and the spacious and well laid out helm features tilt-adjustable steering, space for a sounder and moulded cup holders. An adjustable bucket seat and a clever galley with cold and optional hot water, removable portable stove and fridge, complete the appointments. The cabin takes advantage of the Fleetmaster 23's generous beam creating an inviting environment to relax or overnight in. The roomy cockpit flows to a moulded transom step-through, providing easy access to the boarding platform, which also acts as an alfresco balcony and fishing platform.

The Fleetmaster 26 (Limited edition CR 2600 package) sets the stage for your main event. If you’ve dreamed of owning a family sized weekender but mooring, antifouling and constant maintenance are not on your agenda, this could be your passport to a lifetime of memories. With all the style and flair of its larger sibling, the Fleetmaster 26 represents a milestone in family boating, offering an edgy yet versatile boating experience. Eye catching and spacious, the tightly drawn lines and subtle curves hint at something special and stepping on-board only confirms your first impression. Making the most of its 2.49m beam, the Fleetmaster 26 is both spacious and innovative. An elegant helm console with twin seat provides the captain and first mate a commanding view through the panoramic windscreen. Ergonomics have been well considered and everything falls easily to hand. The sliding curved solid cabin door reflects the detail Whittley is renowned for. A full service galley and generous V-berth are complemented by the rear lounge, which morphs into another berth. The wide rear deck is accessed via a drop-down door and hides cavernous storage below deck. New zip wakeautomatic trim tabs are now a standard feature on the CR 2600. Powered by your choice of petrol or diesel Volvo Penta Sterndrives, up to 380HP, the Fleetmaster 26 has long legs and excellent long-range cruising potential. All this in a performance powerhouse bred to thrill. business-directory BOATGOLDCOAST.COM. AU

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WIRELESS SECURITY FOR BOAT OWNERS D o you own a boat that is usually kept at a marina, on a mooring, or other location out of constant view? Being able to keep a tab on its exact whereabouts, its mechanical condition, and its secure status 24/7 from anywhere, can provide peace of mind.

Dokensip have the answer via a state-of-the-art alarm monitoring system which features wireless sensor technology. In conjunction with a smartphone app or web support, Dokensip will constantly monitor the status of your boat, and instantly alert you of any possible security breaches or mechanical/electrical issues, via SMS, email and personal assistance. You can check any updated information about your boat via constant system monitoring. Installation of the system can be done in a DIY capacity or by a marine technician. Dokensip can control up to 16 different sensors that can: monitor vessel position, battery voltage, and the presence of water in bilges; monitor for the presence of gas or smoke; movement detection inside your boat's cabin; the condition of shore connected power; and, operate air conditioning units, lights and more. All that needs to be supplied are 12 or 24 volts for the main unit. The rest of the sensors, like battery and bilge monitoring, are all wireless. It is a very easy install. Users of the Dokensip system receive one year's subscription for free. The ongoing cost for the following year is only around a dollar a day. The alarm will alert a boat owner quickly if the vessel changes position due to theft or drifting on the anchor. The system also provides a detailed history of where the boat has travelled throughout the week or month. The Dokensip app also provides up-to-date weather information for the region the boat is situated. The basic Dokensip kit costs $1595 (incl.GST) and comes with the core unit, GPS and data antennae and four sensors â&#x20AC;&#x201C; battery, bilge, shore power, movement. Up to 16 sensor modules can also be added at any time.


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